This paper reports some preliminary findings of a baseline (pre-treatment) survey in our project that attempts to measure the impact of UID linked wage payments on corruption in public works projects funded under NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act). The goal of our research project is to investigate the potential of biometric-based identification (on the UID or Universal Identification platform promoted by the government of India) coupled with electronic money transfers in improving governance of NREGA public works projects.
Anderson, S.; Ashok Kotwal; Ashwini Kulkarni; Bharat Ramaswami. Observations on the Scope of Corruption in NREGA Projects. IGC Working Paper and Final Project Report. International Growth Centre (IGC), London, UK (2013) 14 pp.