India paying welfare directly, aiming to end fraud

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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:01 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

NEW DELHI (AP) - India will pay billions of dollars in social welfare money directly to its poor under a new program that aims to cut out the middlemen blamed for the massive fraud that plagues the system.

Previously officials only handed out cash to the poor after taking a cut - if they didn't keep all of it for themselves - and were known to enroll fake recipients or register unqualified people. The program inaugurated Tuesday would see welfare money directly deposited into recipients' bank accounts and require them to prove their identity with biometric data, such as fingerprints or retina scans.

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