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GDP Grows But Job Security Falls: Only 16% Indians Earn Regular Wage

GDP Grows But Job Security Falls: Only 16% Indians Earn Regular Wage

No more than 16.5% of Indian workers earn a regular wage, the share of casual labourers in the workforce is 30.9% and growing. They work without any safety net or entitlement to labour laws, 93% of them without any written contract. Worse, even regular workers, 68% of them, work without formal contracts.…

Digital Transactions Recede, Threaten ‘Digital India’

Digital Transactions Recede, Threaten ‘Digital India’

The value of digital transactions nationwide declined marginally (1.5%) to Rs 92.6 lakh crore ($1.4 trillion) in February 2017 from Rs 94 lakh crore in November 2016 ($1.42 trillion), according to representative data (provisional) on electronic payments released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).…

Goa: In 2nd Term, BJP Govt Faces Illegal Mining, Crime Against Tourists, Unemployment

Goa: In 2nd Term, BJP Govt Faces Illegal Mining, Crime Against Tourists, Unemployment

Goa has been struggling to overcome the fallout of a two-year mining ban imposed in 2012. The BJP government resuming charge of the state must deal with this, as well as challenges on the unemployment, law and order, pollution, illegal mining and public health fronts.…

Why A Rich, Orderly Himalayan State Has India’s Highest Suicide Rate

Why A Rich, Orderly Himalayan State Has India’s Highest Suicide Rate

Sikkim has India’s highest suicide rate, second-highest unemployment rate and is awash in drugs and drugs abuse. With the government violating its own rehabilitation laws and treating drug users as no more than criminals, our investigation into the consequences of unmet aspirations and joblessness.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

With Increasing Urbanisation, New Nutrition Challenges For India

With Increasing Urbanisation, New Nutrition Challenges For India

The world has vowed to eliminate poverty and hunger by 2030 as part of 169 sustainable development goals adopted in 2015. Yet, increasing urbanisation is posing new challenges to progress and India is particularly vulnerable because it faces an additional twin burden of over- and undernutrition.…

Draft TB Control Plan Targets 79% Fewer Cases by 2025, Seeks Four Times More Funding

Draft TB Control Plan Targets 79% Fewer Cases by 2025, Seeks Four Times More Funding

Setting itself an ambitious target of reducing new TB cases by over 79% between 2015 and 2025, the draft National Strategic Plan for Elimination of TB also suggests an expansion of the programme to the private sector, direct benefits transfer to support patients, better surveillance and monitoring of TB patients.…

Why India Needs More Male Health Workers–To Tackle Maternal-Health Crisis

Why India Needs More Male Health Workers–To Tackle Maternal-Health Crisis

In remote villages, with little transport access, it is hard for female health workers to deal with late-night medical emergencies. Male health workers who became a part of the intervention complemented the efforts of the women workers to make delivery of maternal benefits more effective.…

63 Million Indians Without Clean Drinking Water = Population Of Australia+Sweden+Sri Lanka+Bulgaria

63 Million Indians Without Clean Drinking Water = Population Of Australia+Sweden+Sri Lanka+Bulgaria

India has more people in rural areas--63.4 million--living without access to clean water than any other country, according to a new report by WaterAid, a global advocacy. That is more than the combined population of Punjab, Haryana and Uttarakhand.…

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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.…