ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Access to the Targeted Public Distribution System: A Case Study in Rajasthan

This article examines the government of India's 1997 criteria for selection of households for below poverty line ration cards. The main conceptual problems are that the criteria are static and uniform across the entire country. Using primary data (collected in 2002) from 400 randomly selected households from eight villages of Rajasthan, the exercise here calculates the proportion of "wrongly excluded" (i e, who qualify according to government criteria but did not get a BPL card) and "wrongly included" households. Of the one-third of sample households that were classified as BPL, nearly a quarter have been wrongly included. Besides, 44 per cent of the households which should have been counted as BPL were wrongly excluded. However, one must consider the appropriateness of the selection criteria along with these large selection errors.

Empowerment Guarantee Act

The experience of the Jagrut Adivasi Dalit Sangathan in Madhya Pradesh shows the power of grassroots organisational work in activating the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. Levels of NREGA employment in the Sangathan areas are as high as 85 days per household per year, and nearly half of all working households have got 100 days of work. They also earn the minimum wage. The Act can also be an opportunity to promote overall rural development and alter the balance of power in village society.

Political Economy of State Response to Drought in Rajasthan, 2000-03

Between 2000 and 2003, Rajasthan experienced two drought years, which had severe effects on the social and economic lives of the people of the state. While the state government initiated relief works on both occasions, the scale of the work was different in the two years. This paper examines the reasons for the difference in the state's response to the two droughts. Citing greater public pressure during the second drought year as the prime reason for a better response from the state, the article also explores the relationships that exist between different forms of public action and argues that if it had not been for the strong public action undertaken, the state government's response to the drought in 2002 would have been weak.

Mid-Day Meals in Primary Schools

The mid-day meal scheme, which has overcome many of the teething problems that besieged it since its launch in 1995, has become an almost universal scheme, feeding primary school children all over the country. This review of the MDMS traces its development and examines its achievements to date. The review addresses the challenges still faced by the scheme and suggests possible remedies.

Bringing Grass Roots Democracy to Life

The recent panchayat elections in Rajasthan saw a new attempt at transparency and efforts to invigorate grass roots democracy. A report from the state.


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