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Inadequate Pensions Leave India’s Elderly No Choice But To Work

Inadequate Pensions Leave India’s Elderly No Choice But To Work

Over a third of India’s elderly continue to work. A Centre for Equity Studies survey in Rajasthan finds that without income and social security, the elderly have no real choice in whether to continue working or not.…

In 10 Years, Non-Fossil Fuel Sources Will Form Over Half Of India’s Energy Capacity

In 10 Years, Non-Fossil Fuel Sources Will Form Over Half Of India’s Energy Capacity

If India achieves its target to install 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable power generation capacity by 2022--as it has committed to under the 2015 Paris Agreement--it will not need to install, at least until 2027, any more coal-fired capacity than the 50 GW currently under construction.…

What Dolly Kumari Learned–And How It Could Change India’s Textiles Industry

What Dolly Kumari Learned–And How It Could Change India’s Textiles Industry

The textiles and apparel sector is Indian industry’s second most important source of jobs, but its workers--mainly women--often lack soft skills. An experiment by US economists at a Bengaluru garments company found a 250% return on investment in life-skills training.…

In 5 Years, Private Schools Gain 17 Mn Students, Govt Schools Lose 13 Mn

In 5 Years, Private Schools Gain 17 Mn Students, Govt Schools Lose 13 Mn

As many as 5,044 government schools--where teachers are paid, on average, salaries that are four times those in China--had no students in 2015-16, even as low-budget private schools are mushrooming across India.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

‘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.…

Why Kerala’s Development Story Doesn’t Reach Attapady’s Tribals

Why Kerala’s Development Story Doesn’t Reach Attapady’s Tribals

In a state whose development index is the highest, a bunch of tribal hamlets live in miserable conditions struggling with malnutrition, infant and maternal deaths and falling life expectancy.…

Why India Should Use Private Pharmacies In Its War On TB

Why India Should Use Private Pharmacies In Its War On TB

India has over 850,000 private pharmacies nationwide and yet, only 9% of them have been engaged in efforts to control tuberculosis, according to a January 2017 paper. Private pharmacists tend to be from within the local community, are familiar with residents, are available for long hours and can be easily contacted.…

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Currency Chaos

#Notebandi Frontlines: Farm To Loom, Textiles–Employer Of 25 Million–Totter

#Notebandi Frontlines: Farm To Loom, Textiles–Employer Of 25 Million–Totter

India’s textile supply chain--which employs about 25 million people--is reeling from cancelled orders, plummeting demand and job losses after demonetisation, an IndiaSpend investigation has found.…

#Notebandi Frontlines: Small Stores Struggle To Survive, But Many Support Modi

#Notebandi Frontlines: Small Stores Struggle To Survive, But Many Support Modi

Days after announcing demonetisation, PM Modi requested 50-days’ time to restore normalcy. On day 54 and 55, to determine if that promise was being kept, we visited 24 kirana stores in urban, semi-urban, peri-urban and rural areas in and around Mumbai to find devastated lives--and more than half still supporting Modi.…

#Notebandi Frontlines: Out Of Cash, A Dying Textile Town Goes Silent

#Notebandi Frontlines: Out Of Cash, A Dying Textile Town Goes Silent

Before notebandi, despite a growing downturn, the buzz of looms was obvious. High electricity costs, international competition, and widespread violation of complex, unreformed labour laws were left unaddressed in Maharashtra’s northern textile town. Now, Malegaon town has fallen silent.…

#Notebandi Frontlines: As Tourists Stay Away, 50 Million Livelihoods At Risk

#Notebandi Frontlines: As Tourists Stay Away, 50 Million Livelihoods At Risk

Tourism, an industry that provides over 6% of India’s GDP and employs 10% of its workforce, has been badly hit by notebandi. IndiaSpend visited Goa at the peak of its tourist season and found that foreigners are packing up and leaving, restaurants and flea markets are empty, and workers at the celebrated shacks and cafes are facing job losses.…