Foodgrain Wastage Is Shrinking But Not Fast Enough

Food and foodgrain worth nearly Rs 50,000 crore is lost every year, India’s Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Tariq Anwar said recently. More specifically, nearly 30% of the country’s fruits and vegetables are lost due to lack of cold-storage facilities, and more than 30% of grains supplied through the public distribution system … Continued

Karnataka Leads India In Prison Suicides

  Highlights * 73% of unnatural deaths in Indian prisons are due to suicides * Karnataka has the highest percentage of suicides in prisons; 97% * Tamil Nadu has the highest number of unnatural deaths in prisons per year   The brutal death of an Indian inmate Sarabjit Singh at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in … Continued

Can One More Scheme Improve Healthcare For Children?

The Government of India recently launched a new programme – Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK) – under the National Health Mission (NHM) in February 2013 to focus on the health of school-going children.   The programme hopes to improve the quality of life of 270 million children with a focus on early detection of birth … Continued

India’s Drug Traffickers Say ‘Just Courier It’

  Highlights * Seizures of controlled drugs have increased from 631 kg in 2007 to 7,208 kg in 2011 * Most of the trafficking from India done in the form of courier parcels * Over 18,400 Indians, 236 foreigners arrested under drug trafficking charges in 2011    The recent scandal involving boxing star Vijender Singh has turned the … Continued

India’s Surprising Losers In Urban Sanitation

  Highlights  * Industrial townships like Jamshedpur and Rourkela do better than metropolitan cities * 31 million urban households (including slums) have inadequate sanitation facilities * Uttar Pradesh has 4 cities in the bottom 10 list with poor sanitation  coverage   Visitors to India see many faces of urban poverty but find the sheer absence … Continued

Is India’s Rural Workforce Rejecting A Government Job Scheme?

  Highlights * UP, Goa & Mizoram see sharp reduction in average number of  working days * All India average employment per household was 43 days in 2011-12 * Total number of households provided employment came down from 54 million in 2010-11 to 49 million in 2011-12   The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee … Continued

A 30-year, Rs 50,000 Crore Child-Care Effort Fails To Deliver

The Government allocated Rs 17,700 crore for the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme in its Budget 2013-14. The ICDS is today the 5thlargest flagship scheme of the Congress-led UPA Government.   The good news is that Governments, over the years, have focused on the continuing needs of newborn and young children until the age … Continued

CBI Struggles With Rising Caseload & Limited Manpower

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India’s `lead’ federal investigative agency, often draws flak for not being an autonomous institution. Despite that, the CBI is often the `go to’ agency for high-profile cases.   The problem is that despite the caseload increasing in size and profile, the number of officers tasked to solve the cases … Continued

Why 16-Year-Old Juvenile Criminals Are A Rising Threat

Highlights  *Supreme Court  will examine the constitutional validity of provision of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 that treats a person younger than 18 years as a minor for crimes committed * Almost two out of every three crime by juveniles are committed by boys & girls in the age group of 16-18 years * Out … Continued

The Man Of The House, Is A Woman

Mohan Bhagwat, head of Hindu right wing group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS kicked up a furore recently when he referred to marriage as a contract between spouses wherein it was the woman’s duty to look after the house and keep the man happy. In return, the man would provide for her needs.   If … Continued