‘Rural Jobs Guarantee Scheme Has Social Value, Even When No One Is Doing Any Work’

Mumbai: In conflict-affected areas, rural social insurance programmes such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) can reduce violent events by half by shielding wor...

‘We Will Ban Cow Slaughter In States Where It Is Still Legal’

New Delhi: “The setting up of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog will lead to conservation, protection and development of cattle population in the country including development and conservation of indigenous ...

‘The Poor, Who Pollute The Least, Are Hit Hardest By Climate Change’

Bengaluru: The increasing frequency of extreme weather events such as erratic rainfall that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicted in its October 2018 report is already visible...

‘Free Transit For Women In Delhi Will Not Operate As Ticketless Travel’

New Delhi: Under the government of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Delhi proposes to become the first city in India, and the world, to offer free public transport to women. Last December, Luxembourg, ...

‘Electoral Bonds Undemocratic, Have Killed Transparency, Legitimised Crony Capitalism’

Bengaluru: Electoral bonds are “undemocratic as they have served to kill transparency in the name of donor anonymity”, S Y Quraishi, India’s former chief election commissioner told IndiaSpend in...

‘Without De-Bureaucratisation, We Cannot Solve India’s Water Problem’

Bengaluru: Among the first changes the new Bharatiya Janata Party government made after winning re-election in May 2019 was to merge the ministries of water resources, drinking water and sanitation. T...

‘Many Schemes Must End, Be Reviewed To Fund NYAY’

Bengaluru: In late March 2019, Rahul Gandhi, the Congress party president, announced it would roll out an ambitious minimum income guarantee programme, the Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY), if voted to power...

‘Opposition To Modi Often Transcends To Opposition To India’

Bengaluru: When Tejasvi Surya, 28, was announced as the candidate from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) long-held constituency of Bangalore South instead of the late union minister Ananth Kumar’...

How India Can Make Official Statistics Credible: Former Data Chief

Bengaluru: “There is no such report,” said India’s energy minister Dharmendra Pradhan on April 12, 2019, about a leaked National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report that said unemployment in Indi...

‘All Political Parties Have Treated Adivasis As Disposable People’

New Delhi: In the 1990s, when sociologist Abhay Xaxa, Phd, was a secondary school student, he was booked by a forest guard under the colonial-era Indian Forest Act, 1927 for collecting firewood from a...