A Government Programme For Safer Childbirth Is Working

HIGHLIGHTS  * Janani Suraksha Yojana has increased its reach from 738,911 beneficiaries in 2005-06 to nearly 11 million in 2011-12 *Government has increased spending on the programme from Rs 38 crore in 2005-06 to over Rs 1,700 crore in 2011-12 * Uttarakhand has almost halved its maternal mortality ratio followed by Uttar Pradesh and Assam … Continued

Malnutrition Continues To Be Key Challenge For India

India is likely to have 33% malnourished children by the end of 2015 while the target under the Millennium Development Goals is to bring it down to 26%. According to UNICEF and the Global Health Database maintained by World Health Organization, India has more malnourished children than sub-Saharan Africa and nearly one in every 5 … Continued

Cash Transfers Will Reach People If Aadhaars Do

The Congress-led UPA Government is banking on the direct benefits transfer scheme to woo voters and ensure that subsidies reach the targeted population.   The success of this will depend largely on Aadhaar – the 12-digit biometric, unique identity number issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) that will serve as a proof of … Continued

Shrinking Government, Ballooning Costs

Highlights  * Central Government has spent around Rs 3,64,613 crore ($68 billion) on 2.5 million employees between 2006 and 2011 * Railways, Home and Defence Ministries have the highest salary expenditure * Overtime allowance of employees increased over 50% to Rs 1,200 crore in 2010-11   There is some good, bad and interesting news about … Continued

Why It Pays To Commit Crimes In Delhi

Delhi spends the highest amount of money per prison inmate, according to data released by National Crime Records Bureau.   IndiaSpend’s Danielle Collaco finds that while the national annual average expenditure per prison inmate was about Rs 20,536, Delhi spent about Rs 70,754 per prison inmate during 2011-12.   Before we go further, let us … Continued

1,200 Fast Track Courts In India But 600,000 Cases Still Pending

  Highlights  *Bihar has the highest number of fast track courts but also the second highest number of pending cases * Courts in Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are the most efficient in  delivering justice * While 3.89 million cases have been transferred to fast track courts, they have disposed of only 3.29 million … Continued

India Is Short of 0.5 Million Policemen But 47,000 Protect VIPs

  Highlights * States spent around Rs 2 lakh crore over the last five years for policing but still has a shortage of 0.5 million policemen * Around 47,000 police personnel deployed to protect 14,842 special persons *  UP, Maharashtra and Gujarat have the highest difference between sanctioned policemen and actual policemen on duty   … Continued

No Time To Invest For India’s Petroleum Ministry

How are your taxes being spent? There are many indicators but one we track a little more closely is the Government’s Economic Review.   The recently released Mid-Year Review shows that the Government has been more liberal with expenditure that’s not been specifically accounted for while it’s been going slow on expenditure that has been … Continued

Andhra Pradesh’s Losing Battle Against HIV

Highlights * While HIV prevalence is declining in India, it still ranks third in the world with people affected by HIV. * While Andhra Pradesh has the highest HIV prevalence, Uttar Pradesh has the lowest number of cases. * Government funding to fight HIV has traditionally been low compared to external funding from various sources. … Continued