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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…

How Women Are Increasingly Winning Parliamentary Elections In India & World Over

Before India’s southern state of Karnataka went to the polls in May for legislative elections, IndiaSpend had reported on the low representation of women in the state legislature.   When…

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.  …

Are We Safe? Some 5,400 Dangerous Criminals Live Amongst Us!

The long arm of the law finally catches up or maybe not. A classic example was the re-arrest of Bitti Mohanty, who, according to reports, eluded the police for six…

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…

How Violent Crimes In Bengal Doubled In The 4 Years Before Mamata

West Bengal’s deteriorating law and order has proved a major embarrassment for Mamata Banerjee, who came to power with the promise of better governance and improved law and order.  …