Opinion: PM's One-Nation, One-Ration Scheme - What Not To Do

Opinion: PM's One-Nation, One-Ration Scheme - What Not To Do

Reetika Khera | Monday July 06, 2020

On March 26, the Finance Minister made the announcement of doubling the entitlements of PDS ration card holders for the months of April-June. Since then, it has been clear that the PDS has served as a lifeline for millions of Indians who were left high and dry when the sudden and complete lockdown had been announced two days prior.

Opinion: Cash Chorus Is Flawed. Use “Odisha Model” Instead

Opinion: Cash Chorus Is Flawed. Use “Odisha Model” Instead

Reetika Khera | Saturday April 11, 2020

With the lockdown now extended, more relief needs to be announced immediately. Such an announcement must start by releasing FCI's obscenely large foodstocks to those without ration cards, and be supplemented with more cash relief for the poorest.

Opinion: Nice To See NREGA Trending. But Urgent Fixes Needed.

Opinion: Nice To See NREGA Trending. But Urgent Fixes Needed.

Reetika Khera | Friday February 03, 2017

The "highest ever allocation" to NREGA (which also led to it trending on Twitter) in the Union Budget has provided a useful opportunity to raise some pressing issues related to the implementation of the scheme. It is natural, and welcome, that the government turn to NREGA to provide much-needed relief to those whose already precarious lives have been disrupted by demo...

Opinion: The Good, Bad And Ugly Of Modi's "Surgical Strike" On Black Money

Opinion: The Good, Bad And Ugly Of Modi's "Surgical Strike" On Black Money

Reetika Khera | Monday November 14, 2016

The demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will end up being a "surgical strike" on one form of black money: cash held as Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, but not gold, property, US dollars, etc.

Opinion: On Aadhaar Success, It's All Hype - That Includes The World  Bank

Opinion: On Aadhaar Success, It's All Hype - That Includes The World Bank

Reetika Khera | Thursday July 21, 2016

Aadhaar was supposed to be a "game-changer" and improve the implementation of welfare programmes. Indeed, it is living up to its game-changing promise - except, it is doing this by wrecking welfare programmes.

Opinion: For NREGA, Tamil Nadu Is The Only Hope

Opinion: For NREGA, Tamil Nadu Is The Only Hope

Reetika Khera | Monday February 01, 2016

NREGA labourers have remained at the centre of administrator's efforts.

Opinion: Child Development: Kerala Tops, Gujarat Flops, Bihar Hops

Opinion: Child Development: Kerala Tops, Gujarat Flops, Bihar Hops

Reetika Khera, Jean Dreze | Wednesday November 18, 2015

Children have been out of focus in recent debates on public policy in India. Even when budget cuts threaten to undermine child nutrition programmes, the mainstream media barely takes notice.

Blog: Gujarat's development pre-dates Modi considerably

Blog: Gujarat's development pre-dates Modi considerably

Reetika Khera | Tuesday April 08, 2014

Viewed with the eyes of a person from the north Indian plains, Gujarat's achievements have been commendable for a long time - much longer than Modi's rule.