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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Transport Workers

The European Union (EU), British newspaper the Guardian, and various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are among those honoured by the United Nations food agency for their contributions to development issues.

By Shrinivasan, Rukmini.

A year-and-a-half-long experiment with universal unconditional cash transfers by SEWA and Unicef in 22 Madhya Pradesh villages has shown that the poor use cash for better schooling, health and food.

India Bite This: Survey Proves Cash Transfer Critics Wrong First Post . (31 May 2013)
By Seetha, .

Cash transfers to the poor, so the cynics would have us believe, are a bad idea because they will be misused.

By Rao, Kirthi V..

The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s move to shift to direct cash transfers from subsidies, set to be a campaign plank in the next general election, received a boost from a study released on Thursday that showed such an initiative led to an improvement in savings, and spending on education and health.

Amid concerns that sticking to Aadhaar criteria could deprive many people especially in remote areas of benefits of UPA's ambitious cash transfer scheme, Union Minster Jairam Ramesh on Friday cautioned against a situation when Aadhaar becomes "an instrument of exclusion".

Enthused by encouraging findings of a UNICEF-SEWA joint study on direct cash transfer, Plan panel Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia today said its implementation in large scale will not lead to any misuse of money.

India Direct Cash Transfers Improved Quality of Life: Study Business Standard . (30 May 2013)

Improved food sufficiency and nutrition, less alcohol consumption and greater school attendance are some of the benefits of the direct cash transfer scheme which was implemented on pilot basis in Madhya Pradesh, a study said.

India Better Housing, Sanitation After Direct Cash Transfer The Hindu Business Line . (30 May 2013)

Direct cash transfer in some villages of Madhya Pradesh has yielded positive results, according to a report by Self Employed Women’s Association and UNICEF.

Commercial drivers in Ashaiman have appealed to the municipal authorities to speed up work on the roads within the area.

By Hingorani, Richa.

Read about the efforts of a unique financial inclusion programme that aims at empowering women in the the rural parts of the hilly state of Uttaranchal where employment opportunities are scarce, infrastructure is patchy and banks are practically virtually non-existent.