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In 2016-17, Rural Roads Built In Record Time, Less Than Half Of Targeted Habitations Reached

In 2016-17, Rural Roads Built In Record Time, Less Than Half Of Targeted Habitations Reached

On May 22, 2017, the BJP tweeted it had ratcheted the pace of rural road construction to 133 km a day over the three years to 2016-17, up from 69.35 km a day in 2013-14. What it did not say was that the pace of rural road construction had slackened in the Modi government’s third year, connecting, up to January 2017, 46% of the habitations it had targeted for 2016-17.…

Three Years Into BJP Government, Unemployment Rate Slightly Up

Three Years Into BJP Government, Unemployment Rate Slightly Up

India’s unemployment rate has registered a slight increase since the BJP government began its term in May 2014, despite the government’s professed emphasis on job creation, according to an analysis of government data. The unemployment rate in 2015-16 was 5% of the labour force, up from 4.9% in 2013-2014, the year before the BJP assumed power. First of a five-part series.…

India’s Poorest Areas Most Vulnerable to Heat Waves, As Planning Targets Cities

India’s Poorest Areas Most Vulnerable to Heat Waves, As Planning Targets Cities

The number of deaths due to heat waves recorded in 2015 was higher than deaths attributed to any other natural disaster. With rising temperatures and more frequent extreme weather events, heat waves are a major public health concern.…

Money That Went Abroad Illegally In 2007 = Estimated Cost Of Linking India’s Rivers

Money That Went Abroad Illegally In 2007 = Estimated Cost Of Linking India’s Rivers

A government-commissioned report on black money has revealed that about Rs 5.3 lakh crore (at Rs 64/$) flowed out of India illegally in 2007; 5% less than what the ministry of water resources estimates (Rs 5.6 lakh crore) it would need for linking the country’s rivers to solve the problems of water scarcity and flooding.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

2.5 Years On, Swachh Bharat Mission’s Claims Remain Unverified

2.5 Years On, Swachh Bharat Mission’s Claims Remain Unverified

Since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission in October 2014, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation claims to have enabled construction of 40 million household latrines in rural areas. However, less than half of the 193,081 villages self-proclaimed by gram panchayats to be open defecation-free have been verified as such. Second in our five-part series.…

Childbearing Expenses Push 47% Of Indian Women Into Poverty

Childbearing Expenses Push 47% Of Indian Women Into Poverty

Catastrophic maternal healthcare expenses push 46.6% mothers in India into poverty--with the illiterate being especially susceptible--according to a study which analysed government data. Among states, 66% households (among those where a woman had delivered) in Telangana were pushed into poverty--more than any other state--followed by Puducherry (53%) and Odisha (53%).…

Citizen Engagement Drives National Cleanliness Rankings

Citizen Engagement Drives National Cleanliness Rankings

If you are happy with your city's cleanliness and want it to be recognised, it might be a good idea to begin by downloading a government mobile phone application. Citizen engagement appears to be driving national cleanliness rankings more than municipal claims and independent verifications, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of 20 cities in the 2017 Swachh Survekshan report.…

Monthly Pay Less Than Single Malt Bottle, Poor Training Impede India’s Army Of Health Workers

Monthly Pay Less Than Single Malt Bottle, Poor Training Impede India’s Army Of Health Workers

Nearly a million workers—forming the frontline of India’s faltering public health system—are inadequately trained and are underpaid, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of health ministry data. ASHAs--considered to be voluntary workers--are paid a honorarium by the government and most make about Rs 1,000 a month--less than the cost of a bottle of single malt or a branded shirt.…

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IndiaSpend Interviews

‘It Is Necessary To Involve Men In The Family Planning Programme In A Big Way’

‘It Is Necessary To Involve Men In The Family Planning Programme In A Big Way’

Male sterilisation's share in modern family planning methods was 0.62% despite being safer, quicker and easier. Poonam Muttreja, executive director, Population Foundation of India, an advocacy and research institute focused on population issues, tells IndiaSpend in an email interview, how more men can walk their talk.…

India Won’t Meet National Health Policy 2017 Targets: Former Health Secy

India Won’t Meet National Health Policy 2017 Targets: Former Health Secy

Health has never been a national priority, and it is one of the reasons why we have the highest number of women dying during childbirth and under-five mortality rates, wrote K Sujatha Rao, former union health secretary in her recently published book. An IndiaSpend interview.…

‘India Has World’s Best Anti-Slavery Laws’ (And Largest Number of Slaves)

‘India Has World’s Best Anti-Slavery Laws’ (And Largest Number of Slaves)

A child labourer cries as he is rescued during a joint operation by Labour department and a non-governmental organisation in New Delhi…

‘95% Of China’s Power Plants Have Pollution Filters, In India, 10% Do’

‘95% Of China’s Power Plants Have Pollution Filters, In India, 10% Do’

Pallavi Aiyer, a journalist and author of 'Choked', a new book that investigates Delhi and India's air pollution crisis, argues that many countries have been in India’s situation, and India would do well to learn from their experiences. IndiaSpend’s Alison Saldanha spoke to Aiyer.…