The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) is the second largest poverty alleviation programme by the Indian central government and the largest public employment programme in the developing world. NREGA operates in rural areas and gives individuals the right to ‘demand’ work. This study attempts to examine whether the delivery of NREGA can be improved through the use of unique biometric identification (UID) to authenticate transactions and reduce corruption.
Anderson, S.; Ashok Kotwal; Ashwini Kulkarni; Bharat Ramaswami. The Impacts of Linking UID to NREGA Wage Payments: A Study of Maharashtra. IGC Policy Brief. International Growth Centre (IGC), London, UK (2013) 9 pp.