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In West Bengal, culture pips welfare in fund allocation

West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra began his 2012-13 Budget speech by blaming the previous Left Front government for the dire straits of state finances. He said: “In a dozen years, debt…

Key agri-initiative runs short of funds

The Ministry of Agriculture, in March 2011, released guidelines for spending Rs 300 crore in implementing an urban Vegetable Initiative aimed at providing India’s middle classes more locally grown vegetables. Nine months on,…

A tale of West Bengal’s missing data

A data battle is exciting news for us, almost like what breaking news is to many others. We’ve been closely tracking the ‘Curious Case Of West Bengal’s Missing Numbers’ for a…

A Rs 1,00,000-cr bill no one’s talking about

An avalanche of delayed projects has meant huge cost overruns where the taxpayer is left to foot the bill. The private sector has been bitterly complaining about the logjam in…

With Rs 548-cr medical bill, BSNL is not a healthy organisation

When we first looked (in June 2011), state-owned telecom giant Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) was headed for losses of Rs 2,725 crore for the year ended March 2011. In…

Bailout queue at govt’s door is lengthening: Next, BSNL

The best gift you can give someone you secretly hate is an elephant. It looks generous and huge – but the cost of feeding it will ruin him.   However,…

The weak link in child development

Vimla Devi is a committed anganwadi worker (AWW) in a remote village in Uttar Pradesh, the most populated state of India. Anganwadi is a village level institution underIntegrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS),…

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