Can High Social Spends Save Bihar: The 2012 Budget

Bihar’s citizens may be lagging their cousins in many other states but the state’s balance sheet is in good order.   IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta  takes a close look at Bihar’s Budget figures for 2012-13 and finds that the state’s social sector spends are rising sharply even as its overall debt is in better shape than … Continued

West Bengal & Andhra Pradesh: A Story of Fiscal Contrasts

While the Union Budget is the mother of all, it is now evident the State Budgets in combination or independently have a considerable direct impact on citizens. Particularly when one is in reasonable financial shape and the other is not, or is compelled by politics to keep prices or taxes down.   With more States … Continued

Bengal Is Attacked For Infant Deaths, But Statistics Tell A Different Story

Some 300 infant or crib deaths were reported from different hospitals in West Bengal since January 2012. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came under considerable flak at the time.   Ms Banerjee went on to blame the previous Left Front Government for the deaths saying they were in power for 34 years during which … Continued

West Bengal Spends But Does Not Earn

West Bengal’s finances are not in good shape as SPR Foundation (IndiaSpend) has reported in the past. The situation warrants fire fighting measures though a closer look by IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick shows the state is doing the opposite, with more expenditure heads and no corresponding income streams.   West Bengal’s outstanding debt stands at Rs … Continued

West Bengal’s Missing Data

A data battle is exciting news for us, almost like what breaking news is like to many others. We’ve been closely tracking the `Curious Case Of West Bengal’s Missing Numbers’ for a few months now. The case is getting more interesting, almost mysterious, as the results of a Right To Information (RTI) petition filed by … Continued

A Dog’s Life

When it comes to Government, even a dog’s life can get a little better. The Biju Patnaik airport at Bhubaneshwar has invited tenders for the construction of dog kennels. The tenders closed this week so you might be a little late. Nevertheless, it’s worth knowing what the Government’s canine economics look like. The size of … Continued

Didi, Where Are The Numbers?

The state of West Bengal has been facing a rough economic climate for several decades. The general feeling is that the new Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (popularly called Didi or sister) will affect a turnaround the fortunes. She is also the first non-Communist politician to run the eastern state in some 34 years. Before setting much … Continued