Social Protection and Disability in India

This working paper continues a series of publications that identify good practice in enabling the inclusion of persons with disabilities in social protection systems and programmes. It finds that India performs poorly in terms of both social protection and its approach to disability issues. The national social protection system is unconsolidated and fragmented, with low transfer values and low rates of coverage. However, there have been interesting developments in regard to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), with potentially important lessons to be learned for other countries and organisations implementing public works or cash for work programmes.