Based on a militarised notion of ‘targeting’, such welfare policies deny citizens the right to basic services.
Raj Bala Verma, the state’s chief secretary, had said in April this year that all ration cards not linked to Aadhaar in the state should be considered null and void.
Disregarding a Supreme Court order, the central and state governments have linked Aadhaar to a multitude of health and social security schemes.
While the aim of all subsidy schemes is to increase the income of the beneficiary households so that they can meet their requirements, replacing them with the UBI will also mean losing some of the other benefits of these schemes.
Saryu Roy’s remarks come in the wake of an 11-year-old girl’s death in the state after her family’s ration card was cancelled for not being linked to their Aadhaar number.
Can a share of the money saved from kerosene subsidies be provided to states to reinvest in cheaper, cleaner and more efficiently-run subsidies for clean energy?
The government had said that the reason behind this exercise was to stop the alleged misuse of schemes by “relatively well-to-do” families.
The court has also appointed advocate Zoheb Hossain to meet people who have been unable to avail ration benefits due to Aadhaar being made mandatory.
Many of the existing benefits and beneficiaries have failed to find protection under the Act, which is limited only to the distribution aspects, ignoring several vital elements such as agriculture, climate change and farmer’s rights.
Despite repeated reminders from courts that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory, government violations continue.
The court was responding to a petition from a Channapatna-based tailor who had raised concerns over the Centre’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for PDS.
Providing a UBI in place of existing schemes will not change the fundamentally unequal income distribution in the country. The way to resolve the crisis is a redistribution from the rich to the poor.
The problem of malnutrition is worsened by a dearth of speciality doctors, unawareness about welfare and healthcare schemes and a severe lack of purchasing capacity among the tribals in the district.
Given the negative impact biometric point of sales machines have had in Jharkhand and Rajasthan, the group urged Bihar to continue its own PDS reforms.
Since April 1, 2015, India’s cooking gas subsidies have been distributed solely by electronic transfer through the Direct Benefit Transfer for Liquefied Petroleum Gas scheme (otherwise known as DBTL or PAHAL). Under this system, which has replaced the direct sale of cooking gas cylinders at subsidised prices, households place […]
New Delhi: Addressing the issue of the faulty implementation of the National Food Security Act, the Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan held a public hearing here last week. The NFSA provides for priority ration cards for 42% of Delhi’s population. Households with priority ration cards are eligible to receive […]
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