Recent Social Security Initiatives in India

71 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2016

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Jean Drèze

University of Delhi - Delhi School of Economics

Reetika Khera

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

Date Written: June 26, 2016

Abstract

There has been a major expansion of social security programmes in India during the last fifteen years or so, along with wider recognition of economic and social rights. This paper discusses five programmes of interest: school meals, child care services, employment guarantee, food subsidies and social security pensions. The record of these programmes varies a great deal between Indian states, but there is growing evidence that they make an important contribution to human well-being, and also that the achievements of the leading states are gradually spreading to other states as well. Much scope remains for extending these efforts: despite the recent expansion, India’s social security system is still very limited in international perspective. The paper also discusses some general issues of social policy in India, such as the arguments for universalization versus targeting, the role and limitations of legal entitlements, and the influence of democratic politics on social security programmes.

Keywords: Welfare Policy, Entitlements, Social Security, Work Welfare, Nutrition, India

Suggested Citation

Drèze, Jean and Khera, Reetika, Recent Social Security Initiatives in India (June 26, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2800699 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2800699

Jean Drèze (Contact Author)

University of Delhi - Delhi School of Economics ( email )

G.T. Road,
Shahdara
Delhi-110007, Delhi 110032
India

Reetika Khera

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi ( email )

Hauz Khas
New Delhi, 110016
India

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad ( email )

Vastrapur
Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380 015
India

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