Claiming entitlements in a world of direct cash transfers
Despite some reservations, there are enormous possibilities if direct cash transfers can be put to work
As the United Progressive Alliance government takes us down the direct cash transfers (DCT) lane, many observers have asked questions regarding the key assumptions that drive the system. If the stated technological benefits do materialize, one would see an incremental improvement in the system of transfer of benefits to the beneficiaries. As senior ministers of the government have been claiming, if all goes to plan, DCTs will be an important step in the direction of fixing the welfare administration. At the same time, there is also an opportunity to push through a comprehensive ‘entitlements’ agenda, if implemented as per design, accompanied by an appropriate legal framework and a sustained information-communication campaign.