Uttar Pradesh’s Sorry Record Of Custodial Deaths

The issue of custodial and encounter deaths have come back into focus in light of the Ishrat Jahan controversy. The controversy surrounds the 2004 killing of a 19-year-old girl by the Gujarat state police, allegedly in a fake encounter.   While custodial deaths are periodically reported, the numbers, in aggregate, are indeed worrying. Particularly, in … 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

UP, Delhi & Rajasthan; Most Unsafe States For Indian Women

  Highlights * UP, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh account for 84% of total complaints with National Commission For Women. * Gujarat had 0.7% of total complaints registered with NCW. * Complaints against police apathy/harassment increasing over the years.   The recent gang rape case in Delhi has once again highlighted the issue of … Continued

India’s Most Rural State Sees Rising Incomes

  Highlights * Himachal Pradesh is the only state in India with nearly 90% of the population living in rural areas * Boosting agriculture crucial for economic growth of the state * Per capita income has been rising steadily in Himachal Pradesh     India’s hill state of Himachal Pradesh went to the polls in … 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

Rajasthan’s Giant Solar Power Leap

The bad news; Only 25% of the target set for solar power generation has been met in Phase 1 of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which ends next year, i.e. 2013. India needs to do more if it wants to harness solar power.   The interesting news: one state, Rajasthan, has commissioned and undertaken … 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

A Grid Failure Draws Attention To Chronic Shortages

A major grid power failure in India’s Northern Grid late Sunday (July 29, 2012) night affected at least 7 states badly. This in turn crippled services across the region, including the Railways. IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick does a quick demand-supply report and finds that other regions of India, notably, the South, face similar peaking power gaps. … Continued

Punjab & Haryana: How Green Was My State

The Green Revolution seems like a long time ago – actually that shouldn’t be surprising since it was 1963. Many studies have been done on how it spurred an agricultural boom that leapfrogged India to a state of self-sufficiency in foodgrain.   Relatively less has been written on how and whether Punjab and Haryana – … Continued