Free Medicine For The Poor, A Southern State Shows The Way

  Highlights  * 40% hospitalised patients get free medicines in Tamil Nadu. * Tamil Nadu has increased per capita spending on drugs. * 39 million Indians are driven to poverty every year because of ill-health.   Drug procurement in India’s public healthcare system is severely underfunded.  Two stark statistics in the World Health Statistics Report 2012, … 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

Maharashtra’s Opaque Road Projects

  Maharashtra was one of the first states in India to actively involve the private sector in infrastructure projects. But the state has not displayed the same ingenuity in providing information and insight on the structure of these public-private partnerships or the financials that govern them.   IndiaSpend’s Prachi Salve filed four rounds of Right … Continued

Gujarat’s Social Progress Yet To Match Economic Success

  Highlights  * Literacy rate went up from 69.1% in 2001 to 79.3% in 2011 but Gujarat still 18th in all-India ranking. * Gujarat at 24th spot in sex ratio; state way behind the national average of 940 females per 1,000 males. * Poverty reduction of 8.6% in 5 years (2005-10); behind states like Orissa … 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

Can Gujarat Invest Ahead For Its Citizens? A Fiscal Study

  Highlights * Modi Government is likely to report revenue surplus of Rs 3,615 crore in 2012-13 * Measures being announced to increase the government’s tax revenues * High debt level a serious concern; just above West Bengal in debt-to-total revenue receipt ratio   Gujarat has managed to register good growth in industry and agriculture, … Continued

5-Year Report Card: Modi’s Next Big Challenge Is Agriculture

  Highlights * Gujarat’s economic recovery since global recession remarkable * Agriculture needs boost since 52% people are still dependent on farming *  Hiring pace slows down in industries but productivity increasing   Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi will face the electorate again in December 2012. So, it’s time to look at his achievements … 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

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

Mumbai City Spends More On Education Than Roads, Most On Water Supply

  HIGHLIGHTS * Salary & Pension bill is up Rs 1,820 crore * Octroi collections At Rs 6,900 crore, 35% Of Income * Increase in expenditure on roads, health and education   Brihanmumbai Mahanagarpalika, the richest urban body in India, is likely to see a 26% increase in budget estimates for the current financial year … Continued