In UP’s Race To Be Free Of Open Defecation, Enthusiasm For Toilets Evident–As Are Fudged Data

Raebareli, Lucknow, Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh):  Anshika Patel, 24, does not like waking up at 3 am but she has no choice. Come winter or rain, guided by the light of a cell phone flashlight, Patel, alon...

A Village’s Journey To Electrification, And Why ‘100%’ Claim Rings Hollow

Aspirations had been kindled among the young in Sarwara village as long back as the year 2000, ...

Why Leisang, India’s ‘Last Village To Be Electrified’, Has Relapsed Into Darkness

As dusk set in on April 28, 2018, on this lush, remote village, a much-anticipated moment finally arrived–electric light bulbs lit up the dark ...

Despite PM’s 100% Electrification Claim, 15 Million Households–Equivalent To All Households In South Korea–Without Power

An electricity meter hangs on the mud wall of Deenbandhu’s house in Goiya Khurd village in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot, ...

Every Indian To Have Toilet In Next 365 Days: Official Data. Under The Surface, A Crisis

As many as 62,329 toilets were built every day over the last four years of the Swachh Bharat Mission ...

How A Make-Work Programme Changed The Lives Of Women In Kerala

K.B.Vasanthi, 48, is a block panchayat member in Thalikulam block, Thrissur. She has been working under MGNREGS since 2008, and says if it weren’t for these wages, she would not have thought of cont...

Despite ‘Record’ Allocation, 57% MGNREGS Wages Due Remained Unpaid In April 2018

Sukhrani, 50, spends her MGNREGS wages on clothes and medicines for her family. Unemployed since four months at the time of this interview, she said the scheme owes her Rs 6,000. She has been buying m...

As Demand For Rural Jobs Rises, Government Curtails Funding For Key Employment Scheme

Banda (UP) / Mumbai: Bachcha Lal’s shirt hung loosely over his frail body, exposing his sunken collarbones, as he stood outside his straw-thatched home in central Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) Bundelkhand ...