Child Marriage To Groundwater Contamination: Our Top Stories From 2016

Picture credits: Row 1 (left to right): Wikimedia Commons/JJ Harrison, Reuters/Adnan Abidi, Flickr/Kiruba Shankar, Row 2 (left to right): Wikimedia Commons, IANS, Twitter/Narendra Modi   As 2016 comes to a close, we at IndiaSpend and looked at the stories that captured your attention this year. Despite notebandi–perhaps the biggest news of the year–the most … Continued

4 Things India Had Going For It In 2016

A woman buys wheat from a government-run ration shop in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The government has identified over 23 million ineligible ration cards between 2013 and 2016, and 32.1% of the fair price shops have been automated under the end-to-end computerisation of targeted public distribution system, thereby checking subsidy leaks.   From reducing subsidies by curbing … Continued

2017: Five Things That Should Worry India

Picture credits, clockwise from top left: Reuters/Ahmad Masood, Reuters/Reinhard Kruase, IANS, Reuters/Ajay Verma   In 2015, IndiaSpend wrote about five things that should worry India in 2016–slow growth in agriculture, climate change and the danger of drought, malnutrition, illiteracy, and reduced growth and trade forecasts. As 2016 comes to a close, we analysed the status … Continued

2016: Parliament’s Winter Session Least Productive In 15 Years

  Frequent interruptions over notebandi marred the Parliament’s 2016 winter session–the least productive in 15 years–according to an analysis by PRS Legislative Research, a think tank.   The loss of productivity (the hours spent without interruptions during the scheduled working hours) to the Lok Sabha, parliament’s lower house, was 83%, while it was 80% in … Continued

92 Hours Of Lok Sabha Disruption Cost India Rs 144 Crore

  Biju Janata Dal member of Parliament (MP) Jay Panda announced that he would forgo part of his November and December salary–he did not mention how much that would be and the amount cannot be calculated now–to atone for the 92 hours lost during the current session of the Lok Sabha (Parliament’s lower house), the … Continued

In India, As Income Rises, Fewer Girls Are Born

  India’s sex ratio at birth–the number of girls born alive for every 1,000 boys–declined over the last 65 years from 946 to 887 even as per capita income increased nearly 10 times, according to recently released government data.   Source: Census of India, Budget 2015-16; *per capita net national income at constant prices in … Continued

April 2017: Earliest India Will Get Its Cash Back

  We are 17 days away from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 50-day deadline to end the worst effects of the scrapping of 86%–by value–of India’s currency. In the chest-thumping, hand-wringing and controversy that has ensued since the announcement on November 8, 2016, there has been an absence of facts on the question of re-monetising India. … Continued