Yadav’s Rs 2,40,000 Crore Mountain Of Debt & Promises Of Freebies

Uttar Pradesh’s incoming Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, rode in on the youthfulness of his demeanour and the attractiveness of his giveaways.   Mr Yadav, son of four-time Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, promised a slew of goodies ranging from unemployment allowance and loan waivers to free electricity, free laptops and tablet … Continued

UP’s Poor Paid For Free Aid

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is investigating a series of scams totalling Rs 10,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh around the use of funds meant for the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) launched in 2005. SPR Foundation’s  Sourjya Bhowmick  looks at the implementation of the programme in the state over the last 5 years and finds … Continued

Delhi’s Amazing Story Of A Hospital That Isn’t

Healthcare spending in India is abysmally low. But that’s not the only problem. IndiaSpend recently reported on the status of an ambitious project to replicate the Delhi-headquartered All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 8 centres across the country.  That project was launched in 2004 at a cost of Rs 2,600 crore ($577 m) … Continued

Kashmir’s Dogged Troubles

The challenges of managing civic equilibrium can be far more daunting than one imagines. While we focus on larger expenditure issues, there are cases where economically backward regions have to reckon with near Dickensian situations that might seem irrelevant in the larger scheme of things but yet capable of causing considerable hardship to ordinary people.   … Continued