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Rs 0: Spent By 55% Lok Sabha MPs On Constituencies

Rs 0: Spent By 55% Lok Sabha MPs On Constituencies

A year after they took office, 298 of 542 members of the 16th Lok Sabha–India’s lower house of parliament–have not spent a rupee from the Rs 5 crore that is set aside annually for them to develop their constituencies, according to data made available to IndiaSpend.…

Goats and More: An Anti-Poverty Guide For Modi

Goats and More: An Anti-Poverty Guide For Modi

A chicken, goat or a similar "productive asset" or goods (such as betel leaves or vegetables) for a small shop. Training on using such assets. Money to reduce incentive to sell assets in an emergency.…

Modi’s (Shaky) Race to Save India’s Girls

Modi’s (Shaky) Race to Save India’s Girls

Manseerat Gill, 14 days old, from Amritsar, Punjab. She is one of the lucky ones in a state notorious for female foeticide.…

49% Of Delhi Stands By Kejriwal: Poll

49% Of Delhi Stands By Kejriwal: Poll

49% Delhites feel Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is handling his job well, according to a snap poll conducted by instaVaani, a polling company.…

Million Renewable-Energy Jobs Predicted for India 2022

Million Renewable-Energy Jobs Predicted for India 2022

As India –the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases but 127th in terms of per capita emissions–ponders an energy future balancing growth, jobs and environment, there is encouraging news from a new report.…

More Poor Children in School, 30% Suffer Malnutrition

More Poor Children in School, 30% Suffer Malnutrition

97% of 12-year-olds were enrolled in elementary schools in 2013; up from 89% in 2006. Almost a third of children continue to show signs of malnutrition at age 12...…

Prime Time: India's Grand Challenges

$94 Billion On Basic Education Doesn’t Address Teaching Crisis

$94 Billion On Basic Education Doesn’t Address Teaching Crisis

In February 2015, the western state of Maharashtra held its annual evaluation test for teachers of government-run schools, those who teach classes I to V and classes VI to VIII.…

For India’s Farmers, Harder Life Ahead: Latest Studies

For India’s Farmers, Harder Life Ahead: Latest Studies

Extreme rainfall events in central India, the core of the monsoon system, are increasing and moderate rainfall is decreasing —as a part of complex changes in local and world weather—according to a clutch of Indian and global studies reviewed by IndiaSpend.…

A Farmer’s Life Crisis—And India’s Farming Predicament

A Farmer’s Life Crisis—And India’s Farming Predicament

Lean, intense and troubled, pea-and-wheat farmer Ramlal is not supposed to be in crisis. At 35, Ramlal (he uses only one name), is part of India’s farming elite—the 19% that owns more than 1.1 hectare of land—and a rural representative of India’s booming middle class.…

A Bangalore Neighbourhood’s Toxic Air Portends India’s Future

A Bangalore Neighbourhood’s Toxic Air Portends India’s Future

On the day this story was written, April 10, 2015, the area with India’s most toxic air—among 10 cities where a new National Air Quality Index functions—was south Bangalore’s BTM Layout, a booming residential area dotted with restaurants and located conveniently near office towers and a web of highways.…

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Modi's Message: India's States Reply

Agricultural Income Rises, Andhra Plans Industrial Future

Agricultural Income Rises, Andhra Plans Industrial Future

Agriculture’s share in the gross domestic product (GDP) of truncated Andhra Pradesh is growing—unlike the decline India is witnessing—but the state plans an industrial future for itself.…

In Election Year, Bihar Faces Financial Shock

In Election Year, Bihar Faces Financial Shock

Bihar, India'sthird-most-populous state and one of its poorest, faces financial shock in an election year--with a 42% decline in aid from Delhi and a doubling of debt.…

How Will—Unprepared—States Handle A $29-Billion Budget Bonanza?

How Will—Unprepared—States Handle A $29-Billion Budget Bonanza?

Last week the NitiAyog’s sub-group of Chief Ministers helda crucial meeting to discuss the future of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) in India. CSS, a key instrument through which social-sector priorities are financed, have been at the center of much public debate over the last month.…

Rajasthan Creates Surplus Budget—By Not Spending Money

Rajasthan Creates Surplus Budget—By Not Spending Money

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Rajasthan—like its counterparts in Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir—is preparing for a slowdown in fund flows from the central government.…

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