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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.…

Basic Energy Access Does Not Unlock Broader Socio-Economic Benefits

Basic Energy Access Does Not Unlock Broader Socio-Economic Benefits

Decentralised solar power, when utilised by previously unelectrified households, reduces money spent on kerosene but is not conducive to accessing larger social and economic benefits, a year-long study found. Installing a solar lighting system had little effect on the household patterns of time spent on work, studying using the light, expenditures, savings, or business ownership.…

As TN Farm Crisis Grows, Record National Harvest Predicted

As TN Farm Crisis Grows, Record National Harvest Predicted

As the impact of the worst northeast monsoon in 140 years unfolds across Tamil Nadu, farmers sowed a third less land than they did in 2015-16, water levels in six major reservoirs continued to plunge, and suicides in the farm sector increased over five years. In the midst of this agrarian turmoil, the agriculture ministry has predicted a record national harvest.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

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.…

More Than One Million TB Patients Lack Adequate Nutrition

More Than One Million TB Patients Lack Adequate Nutrition

Undernutrition increases the severity of TB, reduces patients’ speed of recovery, increases their chances of suffering side effects from the medicine, and the likelihood of their becoming one of the 480,000 Indian lives that TB claims every year. Still, undernutrition is the stark reality of over one million TB patients in India, who are advised to eat well and gain weight.…

Why Ragpickers, Unrecognised And Unpaid, Are Critical For Waste Management In India

Why Ragpickers, Unrecognised And Unpaid, Are Critical For Waste Management In India

India’s ragpickers work without any job security, dignity or safety gear, exposed to health hazards, harassment and abuse on the streets. By 2050, India will be generating 450 million tonnes of garbage annually and ragpickers will have to be an important part of its waste management plans.…

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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.…