Surjit Bhalla on Scams in the name of poor:
- But the scams pertaining to the national welfare schemes like MGNREGA and PDS, may annually be about the size of the 2G scam, if not more. I repeat—the flow of corruption money via operation of MGNREGA, PDS, fertiliser subsidy, kerosene subsidy, etc, may well be substantially in excess of Rs 40,000 crore a year, and well in excess of 1% of GDP each year. This conclusion is not new — the late PM Rajiv Gandhi reached the same conclusion in 1985 when he claimed that only 15% of the money meant for the poor reached the poor.
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