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

Bengal’s Salaries => Revenues

In August, we reported that the India Public Finances Statistics’ report compiled by Dr Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India, did not have the monetary output for the state of West Bengal from fiscal year 2004-05 onwards or more than 5 years. Ditto with per capital net state domestic product.Interestingly, the … 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

India & China Up Spend In Myanmar

India has stepped up investments in Myanmar, which is evident from the recent $500 mn credit announcement for various developmental projects, during the closing day of a 4-day visit of Burmese President Thain Sein. India’s move is seen as a response to China’s increasing involvement in Myanmar’s economy. SPR looked at various Indian Government programmes. To … Continued

India’s Low Solar Spend

Government spending on solar energy can be tricky as the Barack Obama administration realized recently. It has been under fire for subsidizing Solyndra, a solar call manufacturing company based out of Fremont, California. The company was hailed for its technology but got hit by plummeting silicon prices, mostly out of China. On September 1, 2011, … Continued

India’s Battle With Insurgency

In 2010, some 1,003 people including law enforcement officials lost their lives fighting against or as victims of `left-wing’ insurgency. This figure was 908 in 2009 and 721 in the year 2008. In 2009, there were 55 affected districts which got assistance (partly estimated at Rs 2,475 crore). In 2010, the number of districts had … Continued

I Want A Home PC

A Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure letter dates 26th September has pulled back an earlier Office Memorandum (OM) which asked for installing computers at the residence of officers of the rank of joint secretary and above in the Government of India. The original OM was issued on 20th September. We estimated a couple of … Continued

Education Spend & Loans

While short of expectations, India’s public expenditure on higher and technical education is rising. These consolidated figures were revealed by the Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry two weeks ago in Delhi in response to a specific query. The Ministry also added that the public outlay for higher education in the XI Five Year Plan is … Continued

India Takes AIIMS, But Misses Deadline

The New Delhi-headquartered, Government-run All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is considered by many as the pride of Indian healthcare and research. An ambitious project to expand these centres of health excellence embarked upon 7 years ago is however running terribly behind schedule, finds SPR’s Sourjya Bhowmick after a two-month investigation, which included several Right To Information … Continued

India & China In Debt

India’s external debt has risen over the years from $134 bn in 2005 to $305 bn in 2011. Non Resident Indians (NRI) have been steady contributors to bank deposits in India and thus external debt. The deposit figures have risen in the last five years. NRI deposits have gone up from $41 bn in 2005 … Continued