Centre’s Health, Education Spending Declines Over 2 Years

  The money allocated for key centrally sponsored social schemes—Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS),  Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA or universal education programme) and  National Health Mission—declined 10%, 7.5% and 3.6%, respectively, over two years.   Over the same period, money set aside for Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission) increased almost three times.   ICDS, … Continued

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 … Continued

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 is a decline from 5% a decade ago in 2006 (Rs 28,737 crore or $6.4 billion) when gender-responsive budgeting was first started in India.   This money is spent … Continued

Primary Education Spending Declines, So Does Quality

  Rs 1,15,625 crore ($17.7 billion) has been spent on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)—a national programme for universal elementary education—over the last five years, but the quality of learning has declined.   For instance, only a fourth of all children in standard III could read a standard II text fluently, a drop of more than … Continued