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Pain without Gain?

Aadhaar and Food Security in Jharkhand

Aadhaar-based biometric authentication is now compulsory for most users of the public distribution system in Jharkhand. Based on a recent household survey, this paper examines various issues related to this measure, including exclusion problems, transaction costs, and its impact on corruption. The findings raise serious questions about the appropriateness of this technology for rural Jharkhand.


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The authors are grateful to Monika Yadav for helping to coordinate the survey; Anshika Jain for able research assistance; Karthik Muralidharan, Avantika Prabhakar and Mayank Sharma for helpful discussions; Sneha Menon for comments on an earlier draft, and all the volunteers (students and local residents) who took part in the fi eld survey for their spirited cooperation. The authors are also grateful to Vinay Kumar Choubey and Nilambuj Sharan for clarifi cations related to food policy in Jharkhand and India respectively. 

Updated On : 20th Dec, 2017


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