After Uttarakhand, Will Arunachal & Sikkim Be Next?

  India’s northern state of Uttarakhand is struggling in the aftermath of flash floods which caused massive destruction of life and property. At last count, over 500 have died.   The tragedy has also turned the spotlight on the unmitigated construction activity in the environmentally sensitive hill areas, notably the vast number of hydel power … Continued

India’s Fastest Growing Crime: Kidnapping Of Women & Girls

  Highlights * Crimes against women registered a 69% decadal jump * Total number of crimes fell 3% from 2011 to 2012, but rose 9% from 2002 to 2012 * Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat & Maharashtra recorded the highest number of crimes   The recent spate of crimes against women has also triggered … Continued

India’s Border Line Efforts

  Highlights  * Border Area Development Programme being implemented in 17 states, and Rs 7,000 crore spent so far * Jammu and Kashmir has utilised the highest amount of Rs 306 crore in various sectors * 58% BADP funds spent on road construction in border districts   There is often criticism about India not investing … Continued

Centre Provides 55% Of Rs 65,502 Crore North-East States’ Spend

India’s North Eastern states are clubbed under the category of special status states. While it is known that the 7 states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura receive considerable financial assistance from the Centre – the balance sheet details may not be in one place.   IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta discovers in … 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