"It has been our experience that wages under MNREGA and old age widows' pension doesn't reach in time, what is the guarantee direct cash transfer will be made in time"? questioned the tribals.
The plans to extend the cash transfer scheme to food and cooking gas subsidies would hurt the poor as poor cannot be left at the mercy of market forces. The government cannot do away with subsidies.
The year-old pilot programme on cash transfers of 25,000 households in Kotkasim, a block in Rajasthan's Alwar district that borders Haryana, has failed miserably and the numbers tell a revealing story. Kerosene sales here have plummeted by over 70% as across the block, most residents said they had either received no money for one year, or at best just one of four instalments, according to The Times of India.