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A Rejoinder on LPG Subsidies

In our article “Subsidies for Whom? The Case of LPG in India” (EPW, 3 November 2012), we demonstrated convincingly that the distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) uptake in India is heavily skewed in favour of the urban affluent and argued that the state policy of capping the subsidies to...

High Costs, Questionable Benefits of Reprocessing

The department of atomic energy's claim that "economic considerations dictated the need for spent fuel reprocessing in India" is questionable since reprocessing is far more expensive as a waste management strategy than the common alternative of direct disposal in geological repositories. This is unlikely to change even under the assumption that the plutonium extracted has some economic value when used to fuel breeder reactors to generate electricity.

Unorganised Workers

Provision of social security to the unorganised workers is currently receiving the urgent attention of the central government and some of the state governments. This paper, based on a large sample of unorganised workers - construction workers, domestic workers and agricultural labourers - from Karnataka, presents indices of their economic conditions and deprivation to show how inadequate it is to use the below poverty line criterion for providing benefits to unorganised sector workers. The priority social security needs are analysed to show the diversity within and across sectors, and to review the policy measures - existing and those on the anvil.
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