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Rich-Poor Gap Widens In Urban & Rural India

  Highlights * The median monthly per capita expenditure (MPCE) increased 33% in rural areas and 34% in urban areas between 2009-10 and 2011-12. * While rural households are spending…

India’s Frightening Secret: Many States Ageing More Than Scandinavia

  Highlights *Nine states have lower fertility rates than highly developed countries of the world * Elderly population approximately 77 million in Census 2001 * Old age dependency ratio will…

The Rs 110,000 Crore ‘Enhancement’ Figure In India’s Food Security Bill

  Highlights * The National Food Security Bill is estimated to cost Rs 6,82,163 crore over three years   * Agriculture ‘production enhancement cost’ estimated at Rs 66,000 crore in…

Gold, Diamonds & Large Corporations; India’s Biggest Tax Beneficiaries

  Highlights * India gave away tax breaks or exemptions worth Rs 533,582 crore ($97 billion) or nearly 67% of tax collections in 2011-12 * While small companies had an effective tax rate of 26.26%,…

After Uttarakhand, Will Arunachal & Sikkim Be Next?

  India’s northern state of Uttarakhand is struggling in the aftermath of flash floods which caused massive destruction of life and property. At last count, over 500 have died.  …

Housing For Poor: Noble Objectives, Unachievable Targets?

  Highlights * Government’s estimates put rural housing shortage at 40 million till the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-2017) * Government hopes to fix this by spending Rs…

India’s Fastest Growing Crime: Kidnapping Of Women & Girls

India’s Fastest Growing Crime: Kidnapping Of Women & Girls

  Highlights * Crimes against women registered a 69% decadal jump * Total number of crimes fell 3% from 2011 to 2012, but rose 9% from 2002 to 2012 *…