Beyond rationalization of centrally- sponsored schemes
The Modi govt tends to use technology as a means to leapfrog implementation challenges, but the basic institutional structure threatens to negate the expected gains
In August this year, the government of India approved the recommendations made by a sub-group of chief ministers on rationalization of centrally-sponsored schemes (CSSs). The rationalization plan would first prune the existing 66 CSSs to 28, and then further divide them into three categories—six ‘core of the core’ schemes, 20 core schemes, and two optional schemes. The ‘core of the core’ schemes include the pension schemes, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, and four umbrella schemes targeting “vulnerable sections" of the population.