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Women and child de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Maneka Gandhi can be a for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent. Ask the In­dian army. As an MP a few years ago, she suc­cess­fully op­posed the pur­chase of leather sneak­ers for sol­diers. This time around, it’s the NITI Aayog that’s in her crosshairs. The min­is­ter shot down the pol­icy body’s re­cent pro­posal to swap food worth Rs 158 per month given to preg­nant moth­ers and new­borns with di­rect ben­e­fit trans­fers to their Jan Dhan ac­counts. She even nixed a UP gov­ern­ment pro­posal to pi­lot a scheme for cash trans­fers with ra­tions. In fact, she has fired off a let­ter to all states ad­vis­ing against DBTs in the scheme. That should nip the idea in the bud.

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