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Can One More Scheme Improve Healthcare For Children?

The Government of India recently launched a new programme – Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) – under the National Health Mission (NHM) in February 2013 to focus on the health…

Why A Lucknow Degree Costs The Same As A Harvard Degree

“Our problem is not joblessness, it is lack of training and skills. Why should a mother lose sleep at night worrying about whether her brilliant child will find a school…

Where The Government’s Flagship Schemes Really Fail

In 2005, the Indian Government launched a nation-wide programme to ensure safe motherhood. Christened Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), it attempted to ensure proper facilities for maternal and newborn care.  …

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…

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…

The Government’s (Almost Silent) Agricultural Spending Boost

Finance Minister P Chidambaram re-iterated the UPA Government’s commitment to agriculture when he announced a 22% increase in agricultural lending target to Rs 700,000 crore for banks in 2013-14. He…

Was Dr Reddy Right In Asking For Caps On Inflows?

Back in 2004, when India’s foreign exchange reserves crossed the $100 billion mark, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia proposed using a part of what was then viewed as…