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RBI Says No Notes Shortage, Outside Delhi Hundreds Face Job Losses

RBI Says No Notes Shortage, Outside Delhi Hundreds Face Job Losses

The readymade garments sector, along with textiles, is India’s second-biggest employer, next only to agriculture. But 80% of apparel workers are temporary, their wages are paid in cash, and demonetisation has left the industry crippled. We investigate the ground reality.…

How Modi Changed (And Changed) The Demonetisation Narrative

How Modi Changed (And Changed) The Demonetisation Narrative

The Prime Minister made six speeches across the country on the demonetisation policy between November 13 and November 27, including his radio address to the nation, Mann Ki Baat. An analysis of the speeches reveals a shifting of the narrative of the demonetisation action and its objectives.…

5 Hurdles To PM’s Push For Cashless Economy

5 Hurdles To PM’s Push For Cashless Economy

As the #notebandi disruption wears on, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kicked off a new drive to make India a cashless economy, while his ministers and government institutions have joined in the publicity. We identified five major hurdles.…

Small Industrial Units Ready With Cheques, But Wary Workers Want Cash

Small Industrial Units Ready With Cheques, But Wary Workers Want Cash

Twenty three days into #notebandi--as the scrapping of 86%, by value, of India’s bank notes is colloquially called--IndiaSpend met numerous workers in the small-scale industrial units of Thane who were either reluctant to follow or ignorant of the Prime Minister’s exhortation to move to cashless transactions.…

India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

Rural Women Are Increasingly Accessing Government Hospitals

Rural Women Are Increasingly Accessing Government Hospitals

There was a 24% rise in rural women accessing public hospitals, according to a new report by Brookings India, a think tank. Despite the decline in dependence on private care, it remains significantly high in India and unsatisfactory quality of care at government hospitals is the biggest reason for not seeking public care.…

Inside India’s Blood Black Market

Inside India’s Blood Black Market

The first part of this series revealed how 14,474 cases of HIV infection through blood transfusion have been reported in India in the last seven years, and that the government has not even begun to address the crisis. In this second and concluding part, IndiaSpend looks at why the chances of an HIV patient in India having acquired the virus through blood transfusion are 3,000 times higher than in the US.…

14,474 Cases Of HIV Through Blood Transfusion, But Govt Denies Crisis

14,474 Cases Of HIV Through Blood Transfusion, But Govt Denies Crisis

Over the last seven years, 14,747 cases of HIV through blood transfusion have been reported in India. But the government says it has yet to conduct an inquiry into or a study on the crisis. On World AIDS Day, in the first of a two-part series, IndiaSpend takes a close look at why the country is unable to control a problem that developed nations no longer report.…

In Last Moments Of Life, Indian Women Less Likely To Get Medical Attention

In Last Moments Of Life, Indian Women Less Likely To Get Medical Attention

  More Indian men are likely to be admitted to hospital during the last moments of life than women–62…

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Available But Unaffordable: Story of Higher Education in India

Available But Unaffordable: Story of Higher Education in India

About half of India’s under-graduate students enroll in privately run educational institutions because there aren’t enough public institutions. About 45 million Indian students aged between 18 and 24 years cannot pursue higher education because they are too poor.…

#DataFix: Tamil Nadu: Amma’s Legacy of Welfare

#DataFix: Tamil Nadu: Amma’s Legacy of Welfare

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5, 2016, leaving behind a state better known for its culture of freebies but not as well known for its industrial, social and economic progress, the indicators of which reveal it is now one of India's richest, most healthiest states. We discuss what makes Tamil Nadu stand out from the rest of India.…

Jayalalithaa’s Legacy: Industrial, Social, Crime Rankings Among India’s Best

Jayalalithaa’s Legacy: Industrial, Social, Crime Rankings Among India’s Best

Tamil Nadu’s 19th chief minister (she was also the 11th, 14th, 16th and 18th) J Jayalalithaa, who died on December 5, 2016, was known for gifting her 72 million people a record set of freebies, but she also leaves behind a state that ranks among India’s best in many social, crime and industrial indicators.…

Demonetisation Doesn’t Dent BJP Hold In Maharashtra, Gujarat

Demonetisation Doesn’t Dent BJP Hold In Maharashtra, Gujarat

In the first state-wide election after demonetisation announced on November 8, 2016, the BJP won 893 out of 3,705 seats in the first phase of Maharashtra’s municipal council elections, and 86 out of the 94 seats in the election to municipal councils and taluka panchayat in Gujarat.…

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