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The Long Road to Social SecurityAssessing the Implementation of National Social Security Initiatives for the Working Poor in India$
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K.P. Kannan and Jan Breman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198090311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198090311.001.0001

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Beneficiary as Agency

Beneficiary as Agency

Role of Women’s Agency and the Panchayat in Implementing NREGA—a Study in Kerala

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The Long Road to Social Security

K.P. Kannan

Jan Breman

Oxford University Press

Kudumbasree (which means ‘light of family’) is a powerful organization consisting of women from poorer households in Kerala. In 1998, all of Kerala’s poverty alleviation schemes and programmes were implemented through Kudumbasree. In 2005–2006, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) was implemented in the state, giving Kudumbasree a central role in this process within the framework of the panchayati raj. Under this strategy, village panchayats were in charge of local level planning and decisions relating to implementation. This chapter investigates the role of women and the panchayats in implementing NREGA in Kerala, focusing on the experience of the Aryanad panchayat located in the Trivandrum district. It also examines the delivery of social security pensions in Aryanad.

Keywords:   Kerala, women, Kudumbasree, poverty alleviation, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, panchayats, Aryanad, social security, pensions

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