5 States Have Half Of India’s Slums

A view of JJ Camp, a large slum in the Kali Bari Marg area of central New Delhi. Five states–Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Bihar–had 51% of India’s slum households, according to a new paper.   The top five states by number of slum households per 100–Chhattisgarh (18), Odisha (17), Jharkhand (14), Tamil Nadu … Continued

‘Financial Inclusion Focus Has To Move From Individuals To Entire Informal Sector’

Women attend a meeting for loan collection near Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, during the survey of bank account usage in low-income households. Rather than being limited to individual preferences for banking, the discussion on financial inclusion needs to enlarge its scope to the entire informal sector, according to Prabhat Labh, chief executive of Grameen Foundation India. … Continued

Urea Imports Budget For 2017-18 Could Match Govt’s Loan From Japan For Infra Projects in 2016-17

The government allocation for urea imports in 2017-18 could match the funds it borrowed (Rs 14,251 crore or $2.2 billion) from Japan in 2016-17 for infrastructure projects.   Nitrogen-based urea dominates fertiliser consumption in India as it is subsidised compared to phosphorous and potassium fertilisers, prices of which are not regulated. Urea accounted for 40% … Continued

In 5 Years To 2016, Improvement In India’s Data Capacity Lags Bangladesh’s In South Asia

Between 2012 and 2016, the improvement in India’s statistical capacity indicator–which measures a nation’s ability to collect, analyse and disseminate high-quality data about its population and economy–was second among eight nations in South Asia at 7.3% after Bangladesh (13.4%), according to World Bank data.   In 2016, India was ranked second with an indicator score … Continued

Open Defecation: India Worst In 8 South Asian Nations in 2015

With 40% Indians defecating in the open in 2015, India was ranked 210 among the 232 countries/regions, according to the 2017 report of the joint monitoring programme for water supply, sanitation and hygiene produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  The global average was 12%.   In S Asia … Continued

In 9 Months To Dec 2015, More Than Half Unemployed Couldn’t Find Jobs Fit For Their Skills

In April-December 2015, 58.3% unemployed graduates and 62.4% unemployed post-graduates said they couldn’t find a job because the offers they got didn’t match with their education/skill and experience, according to the labour and employment ministry’s Report on Fifth Annual Employment-Unemployment Survey (2015-16).   Inadequate pay was cited by 22.8% of graduates and 21.5% of post-graduates … Continued