Maharashtra Gears Up For Drought And Elections

The Budget for 2013-14 would be the last for the Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra before the elections next year.  And in a year when the state is facing an acute drought and water shortage across major districts, Budget 2013-14 has made special provisions for drought relief with an allocation of Rs 2,086 crore. The National … Continued

A 30-year, Rs 50,000 Crore Child-Care Effort Fails To Deliver

The Government allocated Rs 17,700 crore for the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme in its Budget 2013-14. The ICDS is today the 5thlargest flagship scheme of the Congress-led UPA Government.   The good news is that Governments, over the years, have focused on the continuing needs of newborn and young children until the age … Continued

CBI Struggles With Rising Caseload & Limited Manpower

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India’s `lead’ federal investigative agency, often draws flak for not being an autonomous institution. Despite that, the CBI is often the `go to’ agency for high-profile cases.   The problem is that despite the caseload increasing in size and profile, the number of officers tasked to solve the cases … Continued

Why 16-Year-Old Juvenile Criminals Are A Rising Threat

Highlights  *Supreme Court  will examine the constitutional validity of provision of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 that treats a person younger than 18 years as a minor for crimes committed * Almost two out of every three crime by juveniles are committed by boys & girls in the age group of 16-18 years * Out … Continued

The Man Of The House, Is A Woman

Mohan Bhagwat, head of Hindu right wing group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS kicked up a furore recently when he referred to marriage as a contract between spouses wherein it was the woman’s duty to look after the house and keep the man happy. In return, the man would provide for her needs.   If … Continued

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