There is some monitoring of large infrastructure projects, but that happens with a lag.
Economists at brokerage CLSA estimate potential savings at $13-$15 billion
The direct cash transfer scheme will work if implemented properly over the next three to four years. It won't deliver political dividends by 2014.
The PMO is planning to pay the LPG cash subsidy for only one cylinder upfront: this means the oil companies will bear a part of the UPA's re-election costs
Addressing a rally of party workers here, the former UP chief minister asked her party workers to ensure a big victory for BSP in the next general elections
What is the point of a food security bill when the government is also going full steam ahead with cash transfers?
The UPA and Sonia Gandhi are turning a deaf year to their own National Advisory Council's apprehensions on cash transfers.
An expert warns that cash transfers are no panacea. But they work only if they are rolled out slowly, learning lessons along the way
It's becoming increasingly clear that the Congress has jumped into direct cash transfers without even having got all stakeholders on the same page
Cash transfers may be vote-winners, but if good politics must translate to good economics the Congress should do more homework on it.
Despite the touted benefits of the cash transfers scheme, it is actually likely to be little more than a Rahul Gandhi election sop, with negative consequences for the fiscal deficit
The UPA's rush to implement cash transfers in lieu of subsidies can also be seen as a pre-election reform that will be like a fully legal bribe to the voter
Cash transfers are touted as a better alternative to the leaky public distribution system. But they come with their own set of problems.
If Nandan Nilekani's proposals to replace subsidies on cooking gas, fuel and food with cash are implemented, you will go from being a mere beneficiary to a true customer with cash to spend.