High On Intent Low On Funds

In the 2011-12 Union Budget, Rs 190 crore was allocated to Myanmar. We sought the specific information on allocations to Myanmar. Here’s a breakup of the Rs 190 crore that was allotted to Myanmar   

Do We Know Whose Food Is Secured ?

How many PDS recipients are there today ? That depends on who you ask. A recent multi-department Report of the `Task Force on an IT Strategy for PDS’ chaired by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Chairman Nandan Nilekani says: “With a network of more than 4.62 lakh fair price shops (FPS) distributing commodities worth more than … Continued

Most Medical Colleges But Least Doctors

India is woefully short when it comes to healthcare for its citizens. IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick surveys what the shortfalls are and highlights the data and statistics that reflect the scale of the problem.   India has a population of 1.2 billion. The breakup of the population is as follows:     Against this population, India … Continued

A Rs 100,000 Crore Bill No One’s Talking About

The private sector has been bitterly complaining about the logjam in permissions and approvals, resulting in delayed projects. While private capital has no doubt suffered as have investors, the biggest loser from Government’s delays is perhaps the Government itself and thus taxpayers. The bill, just for projects with investment outlays of over Rs 1,000 crore, … Continued

BSNL’s Rs 548 Crore Medical Bill

When we first looked (in June 2011), state-owned telecom giant BSNL was headed for losses of Rs 2,725 crore for the year ended March 2011. In August, reports suggested unaudited losses had jumped to Rs 6,000 crore, against Rs 1,823 crore in 2009-10. The final loss figure for 2010-11 is Rs 6,384 crore.   Worse, … Continued

Housing For Many, In Sri Lanka

India has a housing problem which eventually will be fixed. Meanwhile, India is spending Rs 1,319 crore on a project for housing and resettling displaced people in Sri Lanka of Indian origin. Like all subsidy-driven projects, this one too has its share of problems.   The construction of these 49,000 houses for `resettlement and rehabilitation … Continued