India’s Top Green Spend States; Chhattisgarh & Madhya Pradesh

Not that it might be a burning concern at this point but do you know which Indian states could lead the spending sweepstakes in tackling climate change and diminishing forest cover?   IndiaSpend’s Danielle Collaco filed a Right To Information (RTI) with the Ministry of Environment & Forests to find that Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh & … Continued

Rural Poverty Falls In Orissa, Urban Poverty Rises In Gujarat

India’s ‘poverty rate’ has been debated ad infinitum ever since Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission announced the fixing of the poverty line at Rs 26 per day for rural areas and Rs 32 per day for urban areas. Those behind the uproar argued that these limits were too low.   IndiaSpend’s … Continued

Jharkhand, Uttarakhand & Chattisgarh; The Post Split Growth Story

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati last year had proposed the break-up of UP into four states. The proposition received a mixed response.   There was general agreement that the most populous state in the country and 75 districts could do with a break-up for easier administration. But the move was seen as politically motivated. … Continued

Madhya Pradesh: How Agriculture Can Be A Growth Spoiler

The role of agriculture in India’s economic growth is amply discussed and well documented. While breaking down growth state-wise – not an exercise many embark on – it becomes clear how important this facet is, particularly when there are high expectations of strong national GDP growth.   IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta looks at Madhya Pradesh (population: … Continued ...

The Bihar Growth Story & What’s Missing

Bihar has been reporting astounding economic growth numbers, 13.1% at last count. More pertinently, there is a palpable sense of change and optimism about the future. But where has this growth come from? Does Bihar really beat the other big states now? More importantly, what has economic growth delivered for Bihar?   To try and … Continued

Does High Government Spend On Education Mean More Literacy?

Does higher Government spend on education produce higher literacy? Before we say anything, we’d like to inform you that opinions on the subject are sharply divided.   And while the answers may not be established in this study, IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta’s first cut finding arising from a study of 10-year numbers: except for some state … Continued