Sitakanta Panda is a doctoral student of economics at Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. His research interests include empirical political economics, public economics, and development economics.
Local political elite capture and BPL card allocation
08 Apr 2016
There is significant anecdotal evidence for the fact that local political connections at the grassroots level is an important channel through which leakages take place in welfare schemes in India such as the PDS. Analysing data from a nationally representative household survey, this column finds that politically-connected households are more likely to be allocated a BPL card - a gateway to obtaining various benefits from the government.
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