Rural Development, Health And Maternal Welfare Schemes Underfunded In Interim Budget

New Delhi: While presenting the first budget of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government in 2014, finance minister Arun Jaitley had remarked that the budget is the most comprehensive action plan o...

Interim Budget Makes Play For Farmers, Unorganised Sector Workers, Middle-Class Voters

Mumbai and Bengaluru: The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme announced as part of the 2019-20 budget will provide Rs 6,000 per year as income support to small and marginal farmers. At...

Funds Not Used, Work Not Cleared in Key Schemes For India’s Burgeoning Cities

Mumbai: By 2050, India will record the world’s highest urbanisation rate--497 million more residents, or 60% of the country’s population, will move into its cities, according to the United Nations...

Jobs, Caste, Farm Suicides, Crime, Nutrition: Some Subjects On Which Government Is Withholding Data

Mumbai: A range of government reports and statistics usually updated periodically have not been made public for years, including data on crime, employment, farmer suicides, caste and agricultural wage...

To Improve Quality Of School Education, India Must Spend More On Training Teachers

New Delhi: With nearly one in six elementary school teachers not professionally trained, India must improve its spending on teacher training--just 2% of the 2018-19 budget allocated for Samagra Shiksh...

What Budget 2019 Needs To Do To Boost India’s Flailing Higher Education Institutions

Mumbai: India is not investing adequately in its demographic dividend--the world's largest--and its potential will slide further if the government’s last budget before general elections does not ack...

Budget 2019 Must Tackle Missed Skill Development Targets Even As Ministry’s Funds Go Unutilised

Mumbai: Budgetary allocation to the ministry of skill development and entrepreneurship (MSDE) has witnessed a 237% increase over the last four years, from Rs 1,007 crore (actual expenditure) in 2015-1...

Why India’s Public Health Facilities May Suffer Despite A Likely Rise In Health Spending

New Delhi: The allocation for the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) in Budget 2019 is likely to increase from Rs 52,800 crore (budget estimates) in the current financial year 2018-19 to Rs...

Farm Spending Doubles Over Past 5 Years, But Budget Will Have To Go Beyond Money, Say Experts

Bengaluru: In a year of already failing rain and declarations of impending drought, government data on the crisis-ridden agriculture sector that sustains more than 600 million Indians--or half the pop...

Budget 2019 May Pump Money Into Ayushman Bharat But Bleed Other Core Health Schemes

New Delhi: Health seemed to have finally become a part of India’s political agenda when Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, popularly known as Ayushman Bharat scheme, was launched in September 2018, l...