Delhi Beats The Heat & How

Which states will perform best on social and physical infrastructure indicators in coming years? The reason we pose this question: states which look like goners (Orissa, Bihar) are actually not, at least fiscally speaking. While some that appear to be in good shape today are perhaps headed for trouble; Punjab and Kerala.   IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman … Continued

J&K, Maharashtra, Project Delay Culprits; Delhi, Goa Score

Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra lead the list of states where some 190 out of 555 Central projects with investment outlays of over Rs 150 crore have reported cost overruns of Rs 1,30,089 crore or 60.3%   The sectors which are the main culprits for these overruns are Railways, Power, Petroleum and Roads Transport and Highways. … Continued

Can Haryana Break Away From The Bengal, Kerala Club?

The state of Haryana has been clubbed with Bengal, Kerala and Punjab for the state of its finances, particularly for its large revenue deficit or a ‘negative’ gap between tax and non-tax collections and its expenditure. But Haryana is getting a better grip on its finances, finds IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta.   The good news is … Continued

Tamil Nadu’s Grand Growth Vision; Rhetoric Or Reality?

Do stretch goals and 10-year growth targets work when set by the states of India? Some would argue that the setting of a vision and a target for spending itself is a start. The cynics would say bigger promises don’t mean corresponding delivery.   IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta looked at the ambitious Vision Tamil Nadu 2023 … Continued

Rocket Science: India’s $9 Billion, 10-year Space Effort

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been in the news for many reasons, including controversy over a deal it struck with a private company over allocation of bandwidth. IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick puts together a snapshot of ISRO’s budgets for the last decade and its efforts and successes over the period of its existence.   … Continued