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In Decade To 2015-16, Exposure To Media Fell For Those Who Spent More Years In School

In Decade To 2015-16, Exposure To Media Fell For Those Who Spent More Years In School

Despite rising literacy, media exposure fell among those who spent more years in school in India, shows an IndiaSpend analysis of the 2005-06 and 2015-16 rounds of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS). This is despite the fact that media exposure rose overall in India. Research shows exposure and access to media--which usually go hand in hand with higher education and income levels--are crucial for better health outcomes.…

3 In 4 Loans Under PM’s Scheme For Micro Businesses To Women

3 In 4 Loans Under PM’s Scheme For Micro Businesses To Women

Despite a discount on the interest rates women pay, loans sanctioned to them under a national programme meant to encourage “micro” businesses fell by 5.8 percentage points in 2016-17 since the scheme’s launch in 2015-16, according to government data, although three in four loans sanctioned over three years were to women. Loans to women fell to 29 million or 73% of the 39.7 million total loans sanctioned under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana…

Why Bengaluru May Run Out Of Drinking Water In 12 Years

Why Bengaluru May Run Out Of Drinking Water In 12 Years

On February 11, 2018, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) put Bengaluru on a list of 11 major cities in the modern era likely to run out of drinking water. Karnataka’s capital, Bengaluru is the third most populous city and the fifth largest metropolitan area in India. It is the only Indian city on the list, even though many large Indian cities are already water-stressed, and India is projected to fall 50% short of its fresh water needs by 2030, as per this 2010 study by the Asian Development Bank.…

Lakshadweep, Meghalaya Have Most Women Land Holders; Punjab, West Bengal Fewest

Lakshadweep, Meghalaya Have Most Women Land Holders; Punjab, West Bengal Fewest

Across India, women hold 12.8% of operational holdings--lower than 17% in China--over an area constituting a 10th (10.3%) of the country’s total operational holdings. Yet, they comprise a third (32%) of India’s agricultural labour force and contribute 55-66% to farm production.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

Nearly A Third of India’s States/UTs Have Not Hiked Pay To Women Who Form Core Of Health Services

Nearly A Third of India’s States/UTs Have Not Hiked Pay To Women Who Form Core Of Health Services

As many as 11 states and four union territories (UTs) have not announced any change in the additional salary paid to anganwadi (courtyard shelter or creches) workers (AWWs) and anganwadi helpers (AWHs) since 2015, according to government data. India utilises the services of 1.18 mn AWWs & 1.16 mn AWHs under anganwadi services in the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), an early childhood care and development programme to improve health & nutritional status of children between 0-6 years.…

Conditional Cash Transfer Improves Maternal, Infant Health Care In Odisha: New Study

Conditional Cash Transfer Improves Maternal, Infant Health Care In Odisha: New Study

There was a 5-percentage-point increase in the possibility of receiving antenatal services--such as full body check ups, blood tests, information about baby’s position and health--due to the Mamata Scheme, a conditional cash transfer programme of Rs 5,000 over four installments to pregnant and lactating women in Odisha. The beneficiaries of the scheme, launched in 2011, were more likely to adhere to the specified conditions--especially during the pregnancy..…

One In Four Children In Indian Cities Malnourished. Poverty Isn’t The Only Cause

One In Four Children In Indian Cities Malnourished. Poverty Isn’t The Only Cause

New Delhi: One in four children in India’s most populous cities was malnourished, & mother’s education, feeding patterns & government service delivery determine child nutrition in addition to household wealth, according to a new report. Even as India becomes highly urbanised, 22.3% of children under 5 were stunted, 21.4% were underweight and 13.9% were wasted in ten most populous cities of India, showed the Urban HUNGaMA (hunger & malnutrition) Survey report 2014, released on Feb 7, 2018,…

1 Year Left For Swachh Bharat Deadline; 54% Rural Households Defecate In Open

1 Year Left For Swachh Bharat Deadline; 54% Rural Households Defecate In Open

New Delhi: About four (38.9%) of ten Indian households defecated in the open, according to the latest national health data gathered in 2015-16, down from 55.3% a decade before that, a decline of 16.4 percentage points. While 10.5% of urban households defecated in the open in 2015-16, compared to 16.8% a decade before that, more than half (54.1%) of India’s rural households used no toilet or defecated in the open, compared to 74% of rural households who did so in 2005-06…

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IndiaSpend Interviews

‘We Don’t Just Have An Environmental Crisis, But A Govt In Denial As Well’

‘We Don’t Just Have An Environmental Crisis, But A Govt In Denial As Well’

From severe air and water pollution to massive loss of forest lands, India is dealing with an environmental crisis on multiple fronts. In an interview with IndiaSpend, environment lawyer and activist Ritwick Dutta explained the collapse of green governance in India, how the current government is diluting environmental safeguards and how the National Green Tribunal, the epicentre of the green movement, is being weakened.…

‘Educated Dalits Are Mobilising Against Upper Caste Antagonism, Rise Of Hindutva Forces’

‘Educated Dalits Are Mobilising Against Upper Caste Antagonism, Rise Of Hindutva Forces’

Recent instances of dalit mobilisation across India indicate a new phase and different response to upper caste antagonism. Hinduism’s most marginalised community, buoyed by rising education and employment levels, is now reacting with more strength and from across the country to attacks by dominant castes. What is different about this wave? Read our interview.…

‘If India Can Have National GST, Why Can’t It Have Universal National Healthcare?’

‘If India Can Have National GST, Why Can’t It Have Universal National Healthcare?’

Six in ten deaths in India in 2016 were due to non-communicable diseases, up from four in ten deaths in 1990. India spends 1.4% of gross domestic product on public health, and 52.5 million Indians regress into poverty every year from health causes. Srinath Reddy, president of the PHFI, argues that India uses short-term plugs instead of long-term solutions. He also tells us how the government’s action in cutting PHFI’s access to foreign funds at the behest of the tobacco industry is detrimental to the national interest.…

Indian Summers Could Last 8 Months By 2070, If Global Warming Continues

Indian Summers Could Last 8 Months By 2070, If Global Warming Continues

Prolonged heat-wave conditions--in other words, a summer lasting up to eight months--could be the new norm by the 2070s for the Gangetic plains, if greenhouse-gas emissions are not cut to limit the global temperature increase to 2°C, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The world is getting not only hotter but also more humid.…