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Published: April 7, 2015 12:50:17 AM

Do it the DBT way

Do it the DBT way
Apropos of the editorial “Making inclusion viable” (April 4), your novel albeit realistic suggestion to transfer R10,000/- p.a. to the poor (based on the formula of annual spend on subsidies divided by the number of the poor) deserves serious consideration. It is a pity that subsidies meant for the poor are hijacked midway by unscrupulous individuals. Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi once lamented that only 25% of the total subsidies for the poor ultimately reaches their hands. Appealing before the affordable to let off subsidised gas by the NDA government will yield little result. Once Railway’s cheap monthly tickets for the working class were seen used by a high dignitary in West Bengal. So, to control leakages in PDS, direct benefit transfer through banking channels will save drainage of public money and actually help the poor and down-trodden who are always neglected and deprived in the present socio-economic fabric.
Debabrata Sengupta
Howrah

 

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