Why Bihar’s Miracle Story Might Be Short-Circuited

  Highlights * Bihar grew at an average annual rate of 10.7% over the last seven years * But only 16% of 18.94 million households in Bihar have access to electricity * Some 82% of households still depend on kerosene as key fuel source for lighting   India’s third most populous state of Bihar grew … Continued

Bihar & Punjab Could Be India’s New Dark States

  Highlights  * Tamil Nadu unable to meet 31% peak demand for power during summer * Tamil Nadu to add nearly 6,000 MW capacity to solve crisis * States like Bihar & Punjab could be next to face power deficits   Power cuts are a part of life in most parts of India. And yet … Continued ...

Uttar Pradesh’s O% Achievement In Rural Sanitation

  Highlights* Government has set target of full sanitation in rural India by 2022 under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan. * Country-wide utilisation of sanitation funds only 20% in the first half of the current financial year. * Only 16% schools in India have functional toilets.   Jairam Ramesh, India’s Union Minister For Rural Development, caused a … Continued

Gujarat Has Highest Reduction In Women Enrolment In Higher Education

  Highlights * Marginal increase in women enrolments. * Bihar sees highest increase in women enrolments. * Kerala also sees high dropout rates.     Women constitute 48% of Indian population as per 2011 census but make up only 6 million of the 14 million students (42%) enrolled in higher education.   IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick … Continued

Urbanisation Sounds Great But Who Has The Money To Fund It?

Most planners and economy watchers would argue for greater and faster urbanisation. Many, however, would not be aware of the largely dismal condition of state and urban local body finances which could potentially support the great shift.  Moreover, as IndiaSpend’s Prachi Salve finds out, effectively, only 5 states in India have the financial and administrative … 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

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

J&K, Maharashtra, Project Delay Culprits; Delhi, Goa Score

Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra lead the list of states where some 190 out of 555 Central projects with investment outlays of over Rs 150 crore have reported cost overruns of Rs 1,30,089 crore or 60.3%   The sectors which are the main culprits for these overruns are Railways, Power, Petroleum and Roads Transport and Highways. … Continued

Meet India’s Chronic Over Spenders

It’s not exactly breaking news but a closer look at how various Indian states are managing their budgets is insightful.   IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta finds that many Indian states spend more than what they earn, hence consistently running deficits on the revenue account, which then have to be financed by loans.   The states can … Continued