Monday, 17 January, 2022
TopicDirect Benefits Transfer

Topic: Direct Benefits Transfer

Why Punjab finally relented on direct payment for farmers at 2-hour meet with Piyush Goyal

Rabi marketing season kicks off in Punjab Saturday but, until Thursday, the state and central governments had been locked in a tussle over the mode of payment to farmers.

Every day Modi govt doesn’t deposit money into people’s hands, it puts Covid fight at risk

For common Indians, Modi govt's economic packages have little meaning until they get money in their hands. And from labourers to doctors, all need cash right now.

Glitches, poor coverage: India’s digital payment failing labourers when they need it most

Developing countries such as Thailand and Kenya have already scaled up their infrastructure to deploy Covid relief efforts. Here's how India can fix its cash transfer system.

Direct cash transfer best way to help poor in Covid crisis. If Modi govt can’t do it, let us

It is disappointing that direct cash transfers are not a major part of Modi govt's economic package. So here's an idea to make this work.

Modi govt now plans to rank ministries on how they implement direct benefit transfer scheme

56 ministries running over 400 schemes under DBT will be assessed on criteria such as end-to-end digitisation and collection & reporting of data.

Civil servants and politicians aren’t worried about outcomes of govt spending: Experts

At CPR Dialogues 2020, ex-advisor to PM Rathin Roy says politicians are serious about cash transfers but not about public service delivery like education, healthcare.

Tech intervention in welfare schemes necessary, but requires social integration: Experts

On the sidelines of CPR Dialogues 2020, experts agreed over the need to make usage of technology in welfare schemes more collaborative.

Neelanjan Sircar on BJP’s hegemony and Gautam Bhatia on ‘manipulable’ sedition law

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.

India’s woeful land records will have trouble identifying farmers eligible for Rs 500/month

Direct benefit transfer comes with certain pre-conditions, primary among them is the need for a robust method to identify beneficiaries.

Modi govt official is worried about election fallout of giving cash instead of rations

Rakesh Srivastava says replacing rations with cash transfers for children & women in poll year would look like government is stopping rations.

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Was Djokovic a health risk in Australia? What did the country’s govt gain from his deportation

A federal court in Australia Sunday upheld the government’s decision to revoke the tennis player's visa, ending a 10-day saga in on the issue.

India adds to billionaires’ list, even as Covid worsens poverty in country, says Oxfam report

According to the global Oxfam Davos report of 2022, India added 40 billionaires to 142 last year during Covid crisis, whose combined fortune is more than the poorest of the population.

Defence

HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
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Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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