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Submitted by Chaman Pincha on

I am recently engaged in a Cash Transfer study. The focus groups, if not all, in majority of the areas indicate that 20-30 percent of what is received is spent on alcohol and gambling by men. This is a huge amount of money for households which are income scarce and therefore marginal value of each rupee is very high. Where alcohol is made from the local resources (such as Mahua flowers), the spending on alcohol is negligible, but income is still depleted because men lose many work days due to consumption of alcohol. It places disproportionate burden on women to manage the household by borrowing money and engaging children for work. The information is important in alerting us for a risk which really exist, and thinking of the strategies to address it.