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Revaluing Unpaid Work: The Case of the Orunodoi Scheme in Assam

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Issue number26-27
Published25 Jun 2022

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Funding Information: The author is thankful to Prakash Das and Trishna Saikia for their invaluable assistance in conducting interviews with the Orunodoi beneficiaries in Assam. She expresses her gratitude to the North East Network, particularly Monisha Behel and Anurita Hazarika for their generous support. She is also grateful to the anonymous reviewer for their comments. This research is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Agreement No 772946). Publisher Copyright: © 2022 Economic and Political Weekly. All rights reserved.

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The 2021 state assembly elections offered a unique and unexpected opportunity for the recognition of women's unpaid domestic and care work through the promises of unconditional cash transfers. These cash transfers present feminists with a valuable opportunity to theorise the welfare state. This article uses primary data and in-depth interviews to evaluate one such scheme, namely the Orunodoi scheme in Assam.

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