The impacts of linking NREGA payments to UID. A Study of Maharashtra

  • Blog Post Date 15 December, 2012
  • IGC Research on India
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Siwan Anderson

University of British Columbia

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Ashok Kotwal

University of British Columbia

This project attempts to measure the impact of Universal Identification (UID)-linked wage payments on corruption in public works projects funded under MNREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act). The goal of this project is to investigate the potential of biometric-based identification (on the UID platform promoted by the Government of India) coupled with electronic money transfers in improving governance of MNREGA public works projects. The research design envisages the treatment of making wage payments through UID in the administrative unit of Karjat block of Ahmednagar district and comparing it with households in the control group of Shevgaon block of Ahmednagar district. The control group continues to receive wage payments as before.

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