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Of all the stories that I have brought back from Pondicherry, there is one that I cannot stop thinking about. This empowering tale is one of those happy surprises that travel unfolds. There's so much...
It is more than a tad surprising that of the only two cities that the Food Ministry chose to conduct "pilots" to replace the public distribution system's (PDS) subsidized foodgrains with cash - this affluent former French colony is one. Bafflingly, the über planned Chandigarh designed by Le Corbusier is the other. But does it make any sense to test the replicability of cash transfers, across the expanse of India, only in the best-case scenario?