There is a need to evaluate whether implementing a cash transfer programme has become the end
On 4 September, the ministry of women and child development (MWCD) was issued a notice by the Supreme Court questioning its failure to implement the maternal cash entitlement guaranteed in the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA). Section 4 of the NFSA entitles all pregnant and lactating women to Rs6,000, if they are not receiving similar entitlements under another law. The previous government had used an existing pilot of a conditional cash transfer scheme (CCT) to implement this entitlement. A reflection on this approach is required to determine its appropriateness for implementing the NFSA guaranteed maternal cash entitlement.