National Transparency Portal on PDS

Ministry of Consumer Affairs has launched a National Transparency Portal for Public Distribution System. The portal has been developed with the objective of providing all PDS related information through a single platform in the public domain. The Transparency portal may be accessed at pdsportal.nic.in…..Read More

10 reasons why Chidu’s petulance is uncalled for

Just in case Chidambaram thinks he has been beavering away to get the economy out of the ditch, it is worth noting that he has done only three minor things to cut his fiscal deficit  — raise diesel prices, limit the number of subsidised LPG cylinders, and raise fertiliser prices by a measly Rs 50 … Continued

Tasks for Pawan Bansal

The Indian Railways has a competent team of technocrats at its helm, and his biggest contribution would be to allow it to function freely without any political interference. A tariff authority, prudent financial practices and doing away with the practice of railway budgets would help him achieve that goal……Read More

Gujarat’s Social Progress Yet To Match Economic Success

  Highlights  * Literacy rate went up from 69.1% in 2001 to 79.3% in 2011 but Gujarat still 18th in all-India ranking. * Gujarat at 24th spot in sex ratio; state way behind the national average of 940 females per 1,000 males. * Poverty reduction of 8.6% in 5 years (2005-10); behind states like Orissa … Continued

Maharashtra Goes Ghost Busting, 5 Million Eliminated

Ghost ration cards have been the bane of India’s public distribution system (PDS). Such ghost cards compound leakages as the ration card document is used to establish entitlement for other benefits and services too. This further hampers the administration’s ability to measure losses.   But the state of Maharashtra has had some success in tackling … Continued

Slum Dwellers should be vested with long term property rights: Ajay Maken

Sharing the roadmap of his priorities in the Ministry with media persons, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Ajay Maken said that it was his firm opinion that slum dwellers should be vested with Long Term Property Rights, which should also be bankable. Ajay Maken said National Urban Livelihood Mission would be target oriented with specific focus … Continued

Overview on PPP Model boosting Infrastructure Development in India

As on January 2012, there were 881 PPP projects with Total Project Cost of Rs. 543,045 crore as compared to over 700 projects with TPC of Rs.371,239 crore by March 2011. These projects are at different stages of implementation i.e. under bidding, construction and operational stages. The broad sectors encouraged under the PPP framework are … Continued