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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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The Practice of Poor Relief in Rural South Gujarat

The Practice of Poor Relief in Rural South Gujarat

(p.293) 7 The Practice of Poor Relief in Rural South Gujarat
The Long Road to Social Security

K.P. Kannan

Jan Breman

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarises the findings of a survey conducted between August 2010 and February 2011 to assess the implementation of the Informal Workers’ Social Security Act of 2008 in general and the practice of poor relief in particular in four villages in South Gujarat. These four localities are Bardoligam in the Surat district, Chikhligam and Gandevigam in the Navsari district, and Atulgam in the Valsad district. The study was intended to identify Halpati households, where at least one member was a possible beneficiary of the state’s poor relief schemes. In the fight against poverty, one strategy used by the state was to generate employment in rural public works. The survey showed that some of the segments of the rural proletariat are better off than others, with the households with no or hardly any labour power being the worst.

Keywords:   Informal Workers’ Social Security Act, poor relief, South Gujarat, Halpati households, poverty, employment, public works, proletariat

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