Mumbai Resorts To Private Healthcare To Fight Deadly Diseases

One of India’s biggest challenges is delivering affordable healthcare to its millions, particularly the poor. Many studies and surveys show how a single illness can swing the financial fortunes of a poor household.   It gets worse and more frustrating when the diseases are more like epidemics and the system is unable to respond effectively. … 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

Maharashtra Gears Up For Drought And Elections

The Budget for 2013-14 would be the last for the Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra before the elections next year.  And in a year when the state is facing an acute drought and water shortage across major districts, Budget 2013-14 has made special provisions for drought relief with an allocation of Rs 2,086 crore. The National … 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

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

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

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