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Political pressure halted direct benefits transfer for LPG: Karthik Muralidharan

Interview with Economist

Karthik Muralidharan
Karthik Muralidharan

Since the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government decided to put on hold the Aadhaar-based subsidy transfer for domestic liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), questions have been raised about the future of one of Congress' most ambitious initiatives aimed at plugging leakages. Two months after the government move, a pioneering study by economists Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus and Sandip Sukhtankar showed leakages dropped 12 per cent when smart cards were used. In an interview with Sanjeeb Mukherjee, Karthik Muralidharan, an assistant professor in the University of California, said ...