We support cash transfers such as old-age pensions, widow pensions, maternity entitlements and scholarships. However, we oppose the government’s plan for accelerated mass conversion of welfare schemes to Unique Identification Authority (UID)-driven cash transfers. This plan could cause havoc and massive social exclusion. We demand the following:
(1) No replacement of food with cash under the public distribution system (PDS).
(2) Immediate enactment of a comprehensive National Food Security Act (NFSA), including universal PDS.