A No-Brainer: Subsidies Or Human Development?

How can the Government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, save over Rs 75,000 crore every year? Simple: use technology and rationalise subsidies.   Economist Ajay Shah argued in his blog: “Aadhaar (unique identity being issued to every citizen by the Government) is the big idea around which we can take a stab at reduction … Continued

Has Aadhaar Lost Its Foundation?

Last week, the United Progressive Alliance government pulled the plug on an initiative that would have demonstrated the effectiveness of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)’s Aadhaar programme, which was to enable the depositing of cash subsidies in Aadhaar-linked bank accounts so recipients could then buy cooking gas or LPG cylinders at market rates.   This apparently because Defence Minister … Continued