Target: India President, Pranab Mukherjee
Goal: Applaud India for directly depositing government welfare funds into the bank accounts of recipients.
India has more poor people than any nation on earth, but many of its antipoverty programs have been corrupt by government officials stealing welfare funds from citizens. In an effort to eliminate the bureaucratic theft, India started the new year by depositing government pension and scholarship payments directly into the bank accounts of recipients. Please sign this petition and support President Mukherjee’s efforts to clean up India’s antipoverty programs with cash transfers.
On January 1, 2013, India launched a pilot program to deposit government pensions and scholarship payments directly into the bank accounts of recipients. Staring with only about 245,000 people in 20 of the nation’s districts, the program hopes to evade corrupt state and local officials from diverting the money into their own pockets. In the coming months hundreds of thousands more will be added to the program and payments will be expanded so recipients can receive welfare payments through cash transfers as well. Not only does the program attempt to address the corruption, it is also intended as a vehicle to bring all citizens into the system. With a population of 1.2 billion, India hopes the program will help with getting all citizens an official identification card with their 12-digit number. Among other things, these cards give citizens access to the modern financial world.
Currently only about a third of Indian households have bank accounts. The cash transfer program will grow with the establishment of more financial institutions in more remote districts. Bindu Ananth, the president of IFMR Trust, a financial charity, said getting people bank accounts can be surprisingly beneficial because the poor often pay stiff fees to cash checks or get small loans, fees that are substantially reduced for account holders. The program’s rollout will continue throughout 2014, when national elections are scheduled.
Please sign this petition in support of India’s cash transfer program that will cut out bureaucratic corruption, ensure government payments to the poor, and enable the government to better manage the 1.2 billion people living there. While critics propose reasons the program won’t work, they have failed to suggest a solution for both the issue of ensuring funds to recipients and keeping census of citizens. We must applaud the country’s progressive attempt to better serve and protect poor citizens by calling out corruption among leaders.
Dear President Mukherjee,
India’s recent rollout of the cash transfer program is an honorable attempt to evade corruption, ensure government funds to recipients, and enable the government to better handle the large population. I applaud your efforts to protect poor citizens, while at the same time providing them access to financial institutions to serve as resources for money management. Thank you for confronting corruption amongst peers while maintaining focus on improving the lives of citizens.
The cash transfer program is a great idea that has far-reaching implications for brining up the poorest citizens, exposing them to new benefits, and possibly enabling them to rise out of poverty. While many Indians do not currently have bank accounts, the cash transfer program will force them to establish one and manage it properly. People will learn how to protect their money, make better investments, receive loans at lower interest rates, and be included in a system that can open doors for a brighter future.
Not only does the cash transfer program provide new resources to Indian citizens, it also gives the government a chance to get a census of the Indian population. With a population of 1.2 billion, many of whom are living in poverty, India has a lot to keep track of. Contact with financial institutions will allow the government a chance to assign and distribute identification cards that will also grant access to more resources.
As the program expands it is your responsibility to grow the financial institutions and allow for ease of access. In order for the cash transfers to work, there must be enough resources to live up to the promises of the program. Thank you for addressing the corruption in your country and trying to circumvent it with the citizens and their needs as your focus.
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