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Delhi’s Air Pollution Rose 23% During Second Odd-Even Phase

Delhi’s Air Pollution Rose 23% During Second Odd-Even Phase

Air pollution levels in Delhi rose 23% during the second phase of the odd-even registration rule, from April 15 to April 29, over the previous 14 days ( April 1 to April 14), based on an analysis of PM (particulate matter)2.5 data, generated by IndiaSpend’s #Breathe air-quality monitoring devices.…

India’s Quiet Tide Of Childhood Obesity

India’s Quiet Tide Of Childhood Obesity

A study, conducted in 2012 over a period of six months on 18,001 students aged five to 18 from 27 schools, found 9.5% overweight and 3% obese.…

Worst Year Ever For MGNREGA, 23% Drop In Assets Created

Worst Year Ever For MGNREGA, 23% Drop In Assets Created

After spending about Rs 3.5 lakh crore over 10 years on the world’s largest rural jobs programme, it has provided less than half the guaranteed 100 days of employment to 50 million poor households.…

Half of India’s Homeless Children are Labourers

Half of India’s Homeless Children are Labourers

Half of all children living on the street or from homeless families work for a living–at construction sites, hotels–and do not study, reveal data from surveys conducted across five Indian cities.…

Prime Time: India's Grand Challenges

How To Get India’s Women Working? First, Let Them Out Of The House

How To Get India’s Women Working? First, Let Them Out Of The House

India boasts superior rates of women serving in political office compared to other emerging economies: the nation just swore in its 16th female Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti. Yet it lags well behind its competitors in its rate of women’s labour force participation. There is surprisingly little data to answer why. But one reason stands out: women can’t get to work.…

Groundwater Levels Plunge, Contamination Rises, Crisis Grows

Groundwater Levels Plunge, Contamination Rises, Crisis Grows

In a country where 74% of farmland is not irrigated and water shortages are growing, India is on course to become “water scarce” within nine years, with depleting groundwater adding to an ongoing farm crisis.…

Ignited Hopes, No Jobs. Why Jats, Others Revolt

Ignited Hopes, No Jobs. Why Jats, Others Revolt

Traditional landowners, the Jats are a powerful Hindu caste now demanding classification as a “backward” caste, so that government jobs can be reserved for them. However, an IndiaSpend analysis of employment data and evaluation of aspirations of young Jats revealed that the protests are manifestations of India’s slow, inadequate job-creation and a failing education system creating thousands of “unemployable” graduates.…

70% Of Urban India’s Sewage Is Untreated

70% Of Urban India’s Sewage Is Untreated

There are four years left for the government target of ensuring all Indians use toilets, but in urban India alone, no more than 30% of sewage generated by 377 million people in urban India flows through treatment plants.…

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Budget 2016: The stories behind the numbers

Why It Is Hard To Double Farmers’ Income By 2022

Why It Is Hard To Double Farmers’ Income By 2022

The average monthly income from raising crops and rearing animals increased from Rs 1,060 in 2003 to Rs 3,844 in 2013, according to the report Situational Assessment of Agricultural Households by the National Sample Survey Organisation, a compounded annual income growth rate of 13.7%.…

Centre’s Health, Education Spending Declines Over 2 Years

Centre’s Health, Education Spending Declines Over 2 Years

The cut in social-welfare funding is part of on-going devolution reforms aimed at giving states more money without spending conditions imposed from Delhi, but as we have previously reported, many states do not appear to be managing the spending cuts well and replacing Central funding.…

Jaitley’s $13-Bn For Water Plan That’s Failed 66 Million Farmers

Jaitley’s $13-Bn For Water Plan That’s Failed 66 Million Farmers

A two-decade old Central programme to finish incomplete irrigation projects has failed 66 million Indian farmers and halted the economic progress of 350 million Indians, according to an IndiaSpend analysis. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his budget speech last month, said the government would spend Rs 86,500 crore ($12.7 billion) over the next five years to irrigate eight million hectare of cultivated land.…

4.5% Of Budget On Plans For Women. Enough?

4.5% Of Budget On Plans For Women. Enough?

Spending on women--who comprise 48% of India's 1.2 billion people--in union budget 2016-17 is Rs 90,624.76 crore ($13.3 billion) or 4.5% of government spending. This has declined from 5% a decade ago in 2006 (from Rs 28,737 crore or $6.4 billion) when gender-responsive budgeting was first started in India.…

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