Claiming entitlements in a world of direct cash transfers

In today’s livemint, I write about how DCTs are an opportunity to strengthen the entitlements agenda

A 20-district pilot that excludes food, fuel and fertilizers is not exactly a ‘big-bang’ gambit, but it presents an opportunity for the government to strengthen citizens and civil society organizations. At present though, the technology looks suspect and too many of the details are in need of more clarity or testing or both. Be that as it may be, we should not lose sight of the possibilities that lie in store if DCTs can be put to work. Enhancing the ability of citizens’ to access their entitlements is one clear outcome that we should all watch out for


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