The Long Road to Social Security

Hardcover | May 15, 2013

EditorK. P. Kannan, Jan Breman

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This book is about social security, or the lack of it, for the labouring poor in India. It is a critical study of the working of two flagship national social security schemes initiated by the Government of India, namely, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), and the nationalhealth insurance scheme called the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY). Fresh contributions made by senior scholars and researchers, these essays provide rich data and analysis on the status of social security schemes at work in five Indian states - Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Odisha, and Punjab - by carrying out local level studies that capture the conditions andresponses of the labouring poor. In addition, some essays also assess the implementation of the old-age and other pension schemes introduced both by the Central and state governments. The studies are multidisciplinary in nature as they combine macro- and micro-level data, as well as qualitative andquantitative data. The volume reveals the limitations of these schemes both in terms of design and implementation in the current neoliberal setup in India.

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This book is about social security, or the lack of it, for the labouring poor in India. It is a critical study of the working of two flagship national social security schemes initiated by the Government of India, namely, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), and the nationalhealth insurance scheme called the Rashtriya...

K.P. Kannan is Former Director and Professor of Development Economics at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Jan Breman is Professor Emeritus and Fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Amsterdam.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:552 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:May 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198090315

ISBN - 13:9780198090311

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PrefaceJan Breman and K.P. Kannan: Introduction: Unto the Last?PART I: OVERVIEW PAPERS1. K.P. Kannan and Varinder Jain: Historic Initiative, Limited by Design and Implementation: A National Overview of the Implementation of NREGA2. K.P. Kannan and Varinder Jain: National Health Insurance for the Poor: A Review of the Implementation of RSBYPART II: ANDHRA PRADESH3. D. Narasimha Reddy: Functioning of NREGS in Andhra Pradesh4. G. Vijay: The Business of Health Care and the Challenge of Health Security: The Case of Arogyasri Health Insurance Scheme in Andhra PradeshPART III: KERALA5. T.P. Kunhikannan and K.P. Aravindan: Functioning of Contingent Social Security Schemes in Kerala: The Social and Institutional Context of Delivery at the Local Level6. K.P. Kannan and N. Jagajeevan: Beneficiary as Agency: Role of Women's Agency and the Panchayat in Implementing NREGA-A Study in KeralaPART IV: GUJARAT7. Jan Breman: The Practice of Poor Relief in Rural South Gujarat8. Darshini Mahadevia: Social Security for the Urban Poor: A Case Study in Gujarat9. Satyakam Joshi: Social Security Schemes in Tribal Areas of Gujarat: A Study in the Dangs DistrictPART V: ODISHA10. Rathikanta Kumbhar: Structural Legacy, Inefficacy, and Weakening Social Securities: A Study of NREGS in a Panchayat in Odisha11. Amarendra Das: Social Health Insurance for the Poor: A Study of RSBY in OdishaPART VI: PUNJAB12. Sucha Singh Gill, Sukhwinder Singh, and Jaswinder Singh Brar: Functioning of NREGS in a Prosperous State: A Study in Punjab13. Sucha Singh Gill, Sukhwinder Singh, and Jaswinder Singh Brar: Social Security in Punjab: A Blend of State and Central SchemesNotes on ContributorsIndex