Drought-Hit Gujarat Has Water For Factories, But Not For Farmers

Ahmedabad and Kutch: Bhavanbhai Patel stood facing his farm, as dry and cracked as his farming hands. The 65-year-old farmer lives in Dayapur village in Lakhpat taluka of southern Kutch, which has bee...

On Ahmedabad’s Streets, Nobel Laureate’s Unemployment Warning Unfolds

Ahmedabad: “We don’t know when this misery will end.” It was two weeks since brothers and college dropouts Rajendra (33) and Devendra Chunara (34) had found work. Their slouched shoulders, tired...

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

Can Gujarat Invest Ahead For Its Citizens? A Fiscal Study

  Highlights * Modi Government is likely to report revenue surplus of Rs 3,615 crore in 2012-13 * Measures being announced to increase the government’s tax revenues * High debt level a serious concern; just above West Bengal in debt-to-total revenue receipt ratio   Gujarat has managed to register good growth in industry and agriculture, … Continued

5-Year Report Card: Modi’s Next Big Challenge Is Agriculture

  Highlights * Gujarat’s economic recovery since global recession remarkable * Agriculture needs boost since 52% people are still dependent on farming *  Hiring pace slows down in industries but productivity increasing   Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi will face the electorate again in December 2012. So, it’s time to look at his achievements … Continued

Gujarat Has Highest Reduction In Women Enrolment In Higher Education

  Highlights * Marginal increase in women enrolments. * Bihar sees highest increase in women enrolments. * Kerala also sees high dropout rates.     Women constitute 48% of Indian population as per 2011 census but make up only 6 million of the 14 million students (42%) enrolled in higher education.   IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick … Continued

Rajasthan’s Giant Solar Power Leap

The bad news; Only 25% of the target set for solar power generation has been met in Phase 1 of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which ends next year, i.e. 2013. India needs to do more if it wants to harness solar power.   The interesting news: one state, Rajasthan, has commissioned and undertaken … Continued

Urbanisation Sounds Great But Who Has The Money To Fund It?

Most planners and economy watchers would argue for greater and faster urbanisation. Many, however, would not be aware of the largely dismal condition of state and urban local body finances which could potentially support the great shift.  Moreover, as IndiaSpend’s Prachi Salve finds out, effectively, only 5 states in India have the financial and administrative … Continued

Why Gujarat’s Urban Infrastructure Build Is As Real As It Appears

Most visitors to Gujarat and particularly cities like Ahmedabad come back impressed with the sheer pace of change on-ground, particularly in infrastructure. The question many ask is: how much of this is real and how much apparent?   IndiaSpend’s Prachi Salve uses the Rs 66,000 crore Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) spend & … Continued

India’s Top Green Spend States; Chhattisgarh & Madhya Pradesh

Not that it might be a burning concern at this point but do you know which Indian states could lead the spending sweepstakes in tackling climate change and diminishing forest cover?   IndiaSpend’s Danielle Collaco filed a Right To Information (RTI) with the Ministry of Environment & Forests to find that Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh & … Continued