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Smartcards are good -- Aadhaar is better
Technology has played a major role in streamlining funds allocated for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). According to a study by economist Karthik Muralidharan the decision to introduce payments to beneficiaries through smart cards in Andhra Pradesh has helped the state reduce leakage of funds by as much as 12.2 percentage points.