Why It Is Hard To Double Farmers' Income By 2022

Why It Is Hard To Double Farmers’ Income By 2022

Centre’s Health, Education Spending Declines Over 2 Years

  The money allocated for key centrally sponsored social schemes—Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS),  Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA or universal education programme) and  National Health Mission—declined 10%, 7.5% and 3.6%, respectively, over two years.   Over the same period, money set aside for Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission) increased almost three times.   ICDS, … Continued

Jaitley's $13-Bn For Water Plan That's Failed 66 Million Farmers

  A two-decade old Central programme to finish incomplete irrigation projects has failed 66 million Indian farmers and halted the economic progress of 350 million Indians, according to an IndiaSpend analysis.   Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his budget speech last month, said the government would spend Rs 86,500 crore ($12.7 billion) over the next … Continued

Jaitley’s $13-Bn For Water Plan That’s Failed 66 Million Farmers

  A two-decade old Central programme to finish incomplete irrigation projects has failed 66 million Indian farmers and halted the economic progress of 350 million Indians, according to an IndiaSpend analysis.   Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in his budget speech last month, said the government would spend Rs 86,500 crore ($12.7 billion) over the next … Continued

4.5% Of Budget On Plans For Women. Enough?

  Spending on women–who comprise 48% of India’s 1.2 billion people–in union budget 2016-17 is Rs 90,624.76 crore ($13.3 billion) or 4.5% of government spending. This is a decline from 5% a decade ago in 2006 (Rs 28,737 crore or $6.4 billion) when gender-responsive budgeting was first started in India.   This money is spent … Continued

Primary Education Spending Declines, So Does Quality

  Rs 1,15,625 crore ($17.7 billion) has been spent on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)—a national programme for universal elementary education—over the last five years, but the quality of learning has declined.   For instance, only a fourth of all children in standard III could read a standard II text fluently, a drop of more than … Continued

China's Vocational Training 16 Times India's: Can Budget Push Help?

  There is a shortage of 100,000 trainers to implement skill-development programmes across the country, according to data provided to the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) on Februrary 24, 2016, five days ahead of the budget.   The question is: Can the 74% increase in Budget 2016 allocation for skill development and entrepreneurship–from Rs … Continued

China’s Vocational Training 16 Times India’s: Can Budget Push Help?

  There is a shortage of 100,000 trainers to implement skill-development programmes across the country, according to data provided to the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) on Februrary 24, 2016, five days ahead of the budget.   The question is: Can the 74% increase in Budget 2016 allocation for skill development and entrepreneurship–from Rs … Continued

How 52 Million May Depend On Rural Jobs Plan For 20 Years

  With a 14% rise in funding for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) in Budget 2016-17, the world’s largest state-run jobs plan continues to be India’s top poverty alleviation programme, after a decade of operation.   MNREGA, which guarantees 100 days of work to unskilled labourers in villages of India, will … Continued