Surjit S. Bhalla

Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) with members Ratan P Watal, Rathin Roy, Surjit Bhalla and Ashima Goyal during a press conference in New Delhi.

PTI Photo by Subhav Shukla

Surjit Bhalla vs Jean Dreze The clash of ideas over our biggest public employment programme NREGA continues. Economist Bhalla asked the government to “junk corrupt schemes like NREGA” and suggested cash transfers as a way out. Chief architect of the scheme Jean Dreze hit back via letters and interviews, saying the new government “appe­ars clueless” about how to reform NREGA.