More welfare failures

One of the major channels through which the government intended to ensure that relief reached the people who needed it during the stringent lockdown did not work as expected. On March 26, the government had said that women holders of the no-frills Jan Dhan bank accounts would receive Rs 500 a month for three months. This was part of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan package, and it was hoped that it would help many tide over the difficult period in which the economy was forced to a stop by measures meant to control the spread of Covid-19. However, as of May 20 less than half the women recipients.....

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