• Findings from Delhi Cash Transfers Pilot Study | Shefali Misra

    16 Jul 2012

     Findings from Delhi Cash Transfers Pilot Study | Shefali Misra
    Photo: Tom Pietrasik/ UNDP India

    The Food and Civil Supply Minister called a meeting in his chamber to review the Cash in lieu of PDS study undertaken by Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) under the UNDP supported Innovative Support to Social protection project.

    Alexandra Solovieva, Deputy Country Director (Programmes), UNDP India and I attended this review meeting.

    SEWA, UNDP's institutional partner which undertook the PDS study in Raghubir Nagar sought a meeting with the Minister Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Delhi and presented the end line research findings of the UNDP supported pilot. UNDP and Mission Convergence were invited. The study findings point to the conclusion that women who received cash made better food choices (such as buying more protein rich food such as eggs and meat). The cash also enhanced their ability to access private health care and did not result in the money being used for wasteful expenditure (such as on alcohol).

    The Food and Civil Supply Minister Mr. Haroon Yusuf and the Food Commissioner Mr. Dharampal remarked that the study was significantly positive in its outcomes and was indicative that people utilize cash very effectively. They thanked SEWA and UNDP for the successful research. This PDS study has enhanced relevance in the light of the Delhi Budget which recently approved the implementation of the Delhi Annashri Yojana (Food scheme), under which cash transfer subsidy over and above PDS entitlements would be provided to nearly 6,00,000 poor families at the rate of Rs. 600 per month. (Annual Budget outlay – USD 78 million) .

    As next steps, the Minister asked SEWA for a presentation of the study findings to the Delhi Chief Minister. SEWA has also been requested by the Planning Commission for a presentation -expected to take place later this month. The GNCTD has already approached UNDP for support to undertake a vulnerability survey under the Annashri Yojana.

    Shefali Misra is Programme Analyst, Poverty Unit, UNDP India


Related Project
Innovation Support for Social Protection

The project, in partnership with the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, aims to design and apply Conditional Cash Transfers in Delhi to address various dimensions of poverty and vulnerability of poor households, especially women and children.

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