The study focuses on four broad types of poverty reduction scheme:
- those aiming to achieve income transfer to the poorest (including the National Old Age Pension Scheme and the National Housing Scheme);
- those aiming to enhance the quality of infrastructure, particularly in relation to natural resources (including the Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme and the Drought Prone Areas Programme);
- those having employment creation as a major objective (including the Complete Wage Employment Scheme (SGRY), and the Employment Assurance Scheme), and;
- those aiming to enhance self-employment possibilities (including the Integrated Rural Development Programme and the National Credit Fund for Women).
The paper analyses the different schemes, and their performance and impact.
Radhika Nayak; Saxena, N.C.; Farrington, J. Reaching the Poor: The Influence of Policy and Administrative Processes on the Implementation ofGovernment Poverty Schemes in India. Overseas Development Institute, London, UK (2002) 79 pp. ISBN 0 85003 608 9 [Working Paper 175]