30 Million Cases & Counting; The Law Fights Back

India is a nation of 1.2 billion people with a rich history and tradition of laws and governance…. and yet, as is widely known, lags when it comes to delivering justice.   IndiaSpend looks at a recent Planning Commission’s approach paper for the 12th Five-Year Plan for revamping the judicial system that tries to address … Continued

India’s New Urban Misery: Housing Poverty

  Highlights * Shortage of nearly 19 million homes in urban India * Over 90% demand is from economically weaker sections and low income families * Incentives needed to bring vacant homes into housing market     It’s perhaps one of the ultimate urban ironies. Some 11 million homes in India, many freshly constructed and … Continued

How Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Shun Crucial Development Funds

  HIGHLIGHTS* Uttar Pradesh, Bihar are the slowest to utilise allocated funds.* West Bengal has the best completion rate out of the five states studied.   * Construction of panchayat buildings pushes health and education expenditure to the backseat.   India has many programmes funded by the union government for social and economic development.  IndiaSpend’s … Continued

The $64 Billion Question: How Remittances Drive Family Incomes

India was the largest recipient of foreign remittances at $64 billion in 2011, even surpassing China. A recent report by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) throws up several insights on where the funds go.   For instance, rural income from remittances is not vastly different from urban income… moreover, its entrepreneurs who are driving … Continued

Can India’s Urban Poor Ever Hope For A Better Future?

Cities like Mumbai are widely known to have failed in controlling the rapid growth of slums, often to a scale – like Dharavi – where they acquire near cult status. Unfortunately, despite all the fame and infamy, the solutions to the dark side of urbanisation have been few and far in between.     IndiaSpend’s … Continued

Food Subsidies Touch Rs 400,000 Crore In 10 Years

Food subsidies in India now stand at a cumulative Rs 400,000 crore in 10 years. Moreover, year-on-year subsidy figures have never managed to stick to budget with substantial gaps in some years.   IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick provides a 10-year snapshot of India’s subsidy roll-out.   India’s Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, K … Continued

Why You May Never Prove Ownership Of Your Land

Clear land and property titles continue to be a dream in India even after 65 years of independence. IndiaSpend’s Bhumish Khudkhudia looks at how state governments like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have been slow in digitising land records even though the Centre has allotted over Rs 450 crore for the programme over the last four … Continued

India’s G20 Standing: Don’t Let The Economic Growth Numbers Fool You

There was some consternation over India’s recent $10 billion pledge to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reserve. This amount would contribute towards an additional $450 billion firewall to resolve the Euro zone crisis. The pledge was made in June 2012 at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico.   IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick takes a cue … Continued

The Government’s Top 5 Departments By Salary Spend

Central Government salaries have been rising steadily over the last five years, from Rs 39,239 crore in 2005-06 to Rs 87,338 crore in 2009-10.   Who are the biggest of the lot within this? IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick builds a list of the Top 5 departments by wages.  Interestingly, the Ministry of Finance is at Number … Continued

Indian Banks Do The Long March

India may lag China which is now claiming almost total banking services coverage of all 1 million villages in the country. But banking has now reached over 74,000 villages in India with a population of over 2,000. This takes the total number of banking outlets to 147,354, while the number of no-frills accounts has gone … Continued