Maharashtra’s Municipal Accounting Whodunit

SPR Foundation in an earlier report had highlighted how it was near impossible to get a consolidated view of a state’s finances. A new Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) report shows how municipal corporations, in addition to the state public sector undertakings (PSUs) we reported on, are an equally critical missing link in the overall accounting picture.   The problems are … 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

West Bengal Spends But Does Not Earn

West Bengal’s finances are not in good shape as SPR Foundation (IndiaSpend) has reported in the past. The situation warrants fire fighting measures though a closer look by IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick shows the state is doing the opposite, with more expenditure heads and no corresponding income streams.   West Bengal’s outstanding debt stands at Rs … Continued

West Bengal’s Missing Data

A data battle is exciting news for us, almost like what breaking news is like to many others. We’ve been closely tracking the `Curious Case Of West Bengal’s Missing Numbers’ for a few months now. The case is getting more interesting, almost mysterious, as the results of a Right To Information (RTI) petition filed by … 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

Where Are Tamil Nadu’s Colour TVs?

India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu has been a pioneer of sorts in entertaining its voters, by giving away free television sets. The last scheme, initiated by the then ruling DMK party,  started in 2006 and aimed to distribute some 15 million colour television sets to as many households. It now turns out that the … 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

A Dog’s Life

When it comes to Government, even a dog’s life can get a little better. The Biju Patnaik airport at Bhubaneshwar has invited tenders for the construction of dog kennels. The tenders closed this week so you might be a little late. Nevertheless, it’s worth knowing what the Government’s canine economics look like. The size of … Continued

Mumbai’s Never Ending Misery

Is the inability of the state’s police forces to get their act together? After the 26/11 (2008) terrorist attacks on the city, it was decided to spend Rs 63 crore in procuring 29 interceptor and patrol boats for the city’s coastline. The boats were supposed to arrive between November 2009 and June 2010. They did … Continued