It’s Not About Which Community You Belong, It’s About How Educated It Is

    Highlights* Christians doing well across the country as they have better education, better jobs and better standard of living. *  Sikhs have the highest monthly per capita expenditure (MPCE) – both in rural and urban areas – followed by Christians and Hindus * For Muslims, lower education leads to higher unemployment and lower … Continued

Child Labour Drops 60% In A Decade But Still World’s Highest

                    Highlights *Number of children working in India has declined 60% from 12.6 million in 2001 to 4.9 million in 2010 *Boys in rural areas constitute over 50% of children working in India *National Child Labour Project (NCLP) along with Grant – in – Aid (GIA) … Continued

Uttar Pradesh’s Sorry Record Of Custodial Deaths

The issue of custodial and encounter deaths have come back into focus in light of the Ishrat Jahan controversy. The controversy surrounds the 2004 killing of a 19-year-old girl by the Gujarat state police, allegedly in a fake encounter.   While custodial deaths are periodically reported, the numbers, in aggregate, are indeed worrying. Particularly, in … Continued

What’s Not Cooking In India’s Mid-Day Meal Programme

  Highlights  * 31% schools in India are yet to build kitchen-cum-stores for Mid-Day Meals but the shortage in Bihar is 30% * 7% schools in India are yet to procure kitchen devices like burners and cooking utensils as against 19% in Bihar * Only 22% schools in India follow gas-based cooking; not a single … Continued

India’s Biggest Bribe Takers; Police, Registry & Permits

  Highlights * Almost 71% people surveyed by Transparency International feels corruption has increased in India *68% people think anti-corruption policies are ineffective *54% Indians said they have paid a bribe while dealing with public services – double the global average of 27%   The task of fixing corruption in India can often seem like … Continued

Will India’s Uneducated Youth Be A Demographic Problem?

  Highlights *Literacy rates among the youth in India are 69% and 86% for females and males, respectively * Only 29% of young women and 38% of young men have completed 10 or more years of education *5.5 million people are enrolled in vocational courses in India, compared to 11.9 million in the US and … Continued

Rich-Poor Gap Widens In Urban & Rural India

  Highlights * The median monthly per capita expenditure (MPCE) increased 33% in rural areas and 34% in urban areas between 2009-10 and 2011-12. * While rural households are spending more on healthcare, urban households are spending more on transportation. * Food is accounting for lower spends in both rural and urban areas. Spending on … Continued

India’s Frightening Secret: Many States Ageing More Than Scandinavia

  Highlights *Nine states have lower fertility rates than highly developed countries of the world * Elderly population approximately 77 million in Census 2001 * Old age dependency ratio will go up from 13% in 2000 to 32.8% in 2050   Is India a young country? The common response is the often quoted statistic; half … Continued

The Rs 110,000 Crore ‘Enhancement’ Figure In India’s Food Security Bill

  Highlights * The National Food Security Bill is estimated to cost Rs 6,82,163 crore over three years   * Agriculture ‘production enhancement cost’ estimated at Rs 66,000 crore in first year, Rs 11,000 crore in third year   * Infrastructure and logistics expenses constant over 3 years   India’s National Food Security Bill (NFSB), … Continued

How Women Are Increasingly Winning Parliamentary Elections In India & World Over

Before India’s southern state of Karnataka went to the polls in May for legislative elections, IndiaSpend had reported on the low representation of women in the state legislature.   When we analysed the data on women MLAs across India, we found that Bihar had the highest percentage of women MLAs, and, ironically, the lowest rate … Continued