Aashish Gupta

Scholars of development are puzzled that other regions where people are poorer, literacy rates lower, and drinking water more scarce, are better off that India when it comes to open defecation.

Despite India's rapid economic growth in recent decades, open defecation rates continue to be very high. This presents a unique puzzle for scholars of development because other regions where people are poorer, literacy rates lower, and drinking water more scarce, are better off that India when it comes to open defecation.

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In this paper, authors present the results of an informal evaluation of the economic impact of wells constructed through NREGA in Ranchi district, Jharkhand.

NREGA is widely criticized to be a program that creates 'empty' work for the sole purpose of employment, and does not extend itself to developing assets. This criticism is often made without supporting data, as there has been little research on asset creation through NREGA. The authors of this paper published in Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) present the results of an informal evaluation of the economic impact of wells constructed through NREGA in Ranchi district, Jharkhand.

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