Mobile Vaani discussions

Why people migrate: MGNREGA isn’t helping

Why people migrate: MGNREGA isn’t helping

by Vani Viswanathan MGNREGA: No incentive to stay back Ranjan Kumar describes the enthusiasm with which his friends and neighbours got their job cards made after NREGA was introduced. ‘Some of them travelled far to get it, as far as…

Shram ka Samman: On Migrants – Hopes, Rights and Demands

Shram ka Samman: On Migrants – Hopes, Rights and Demands

by Vani Viswanathan ‘I dreamt of putting my children through school and taking care of my aged parents with the money I make,’ says Rakhi from Jamui, Bihar, who migrated with her family to Gujarat. Rakhi had to flee back to…

Voices from Mobile Vaani: Aadhaar for midday meals – yay or nay?

Voices from Mobile Vaani: Aadhaar for midday meals – yay or nay?

On February 28th 2017, the Indian government announced that students who wish to have midday meals in their government schools – a nationwide scheme targeted at increasing enrolment in schools – have to furnish their Aadhaar number or proof or…

Demonetisation: 100 days on, are we ready to go cashless?

Demonetisation: 100 days on, are we ready to go cashless?

Not yet, say results of a Mobile Vaani survey conducted in Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. Over time, the purported agenda for demonetisation shifted from capturing black money to putting India on a firm road towards cashless, accounted-for transactions. Phone…