Ensuring social protection in post-Covid era

Delivering the keynote address at a dissemination-cum-consultation workshop on the study on ‘Status and Pathways for Portability of Cash and In-Kind Transfers in India’, Dr Apurv Mishra from the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (EAC) mentioned that this report came at a time of intense and cascading global challenges. The short-term disruptions with COVID-19 have posed a new set of challenges for the government like financial crunch and lack of expertise. The recommendations suggested in the report tell the government how to be flexible in response to these challenges.

KFW Development Bank, Germany, and the Council for Social Development (CSD), New Delhi, organized the workshop on 5 December 2022. Rukmini Parthasarthy, deputy country director, KFW India, made the opening remarks. Prof. Nitya Nanda and Dr Akhil Alha from CSD presented the main findings and recommendations of the study.

Abhishek Singh, president and CEO of the National e-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), emphasized during his inaugural address that the delivery of benefits to the citizens must reach them on time without any difficulty. It is technology that has made this possible and is enabling trust between the government and the citizens.

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