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

Rampant Corruption Just One Challenge In India’s Healthcare Struggle

Most of the debate around healthcare touches upon the overall spends and the allocations that follow. Actually some of the worst form of excesses, misappropriations and mismanagement happens under the broad head of health spend in India, as SPR Foundation (IndiaSpend) has repeatedly found.   The corruption cases and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids … 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

Rs 33 Crore For Not So Due Credit

The second Supplementary Demand for Grants, released in early September 2011, mentions an additional expenditure of Rs 33 crore by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP). This is under the scheme “Development Publicity Programme (Conception and Dissemination)” for the publicity campaign of Bharat Nirman.It is surely  an important scheme as the budget outlay … Continued