Poor rural women in India are more likely to work if they are provided the facility to directly deposit their wages in their own bank accounts and trained to digitally operate these, a new study has
IndiaSpendSocial & gender norms liberalised when poor, rural Indian #women with the facility to directly deposit wages in their own bank accounts were given training in digital banking; also led them to work outside the home: new study
Any document related to date of birth and place of birth can be submitted to prove citizenship for NRC, the government has said. However, a large number of Indians, especially older citizens, do not
IndiaSpendAny document related to date of birth & place of birth can be submitted to prove citizenship, the govt had said. However, a large number of Indians, especially older, poorer & disadvantaged citizens do not possess their birth certificates: our analysis
Compared to 37 seats in 2014 Jharkhand elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won only 25 in 2019, losing 12. The seats that the party lost in Jharkhand are sensitive to Forest Rights Act
IndiaSpendBharatiya Janata Party has won only 25 seats in the recent #Jharkhand elections, losing 12 seats it had won in 2014. All 12 were in areas where forest rights are a sensitive issue, new analysis shows. Did FRA become the reason for BJP’s defeat?
Could Mumbai be hit by a cyclonic storm? It could, Sobel's team found, though such an event has not happened in anyone's memory, lifetime or even well-documented history.
IndiaSpend#Climatechange is likely to make floods & storms intense as well as frequent, according to the latest @IPCC_CH report. Atmospheric scientist at @Columbia@profadamsobel talks of what this means for low-lying cities like Mumbai & Kolkata
A sponsorship programme under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme gives Rs 2,000 to families of children who are extremely vulnerable and living in poverty. There has been zero uptake in Gaya
IndiaSpendIn 6 villages of Gaya, 342 vulnerable children were identified for sponsorship of Rs 2,000 to prevent destitution & child labour. Not a single one got this benefit. Our story on the failure of the scheme in the dist. considered the hotbed of child labour
The year 2019 saw record extreme weather events triggered by climate change. July became the hottest July ever, summer monsoon saw 74% more extreme rainfall events, there was a 113% increase in the
IndiaSpendIn 2019, 7 cyclones hit India for the second consecutive year. In 2018, India recorded 7 cyclones after 33 yrs since 1985. Cyclone Bulbul was the last one to impact India in Nov 2019. Our assessment of extreme weather events of 2019
India is the fifth most vulnerable of 181 countries to the effects of climate change, with its poorest being the most exposed, according to a new report launched on December 4, 2019.
IndiaSpendAs representatives of countries around the world meet at @COP25CL in Spain’s Madrid, a new report launched at the event says India is 5th most vulnerable of 181 countries to the impact of #climatechange. Japan topped the list
IndiaSpendSince 2004, India has experienced 11 of its 15 warmest recorded years (since 1901). An estimated 25,000 Indians have died as a result of #heatwaves since 1992: New Global Climate Risk Index #GCRI2020
Digital delivery of government services has been a favoured poll plank for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rules at the Centre as well as in Jharkhand, where it will seek re-election in
IndiaSpendIndia’s 300,000+ Common Service Centres are achieving the “dream of Digital India”: PM Modi. Yet, on avg, users had to visit a CSC >6 times for a certificate, 3 times to avail a single banking service, >8 times for other services: new survey in Jharkhand
IndiaSpendIndia’s 300,000+ Common Service Centres are achieving the “dream of Digital India”: PM Modi. Yet, on avg, users had to visit a CSC >6 times for a certificate, 3 times to avail a single banking service, >8 times for other services: new survey in Jharkhand.
IndiaSpendA 10-district survey that assessed Common Service Centres in #Jharkhand found that users were regularly overcharged for services. The govt rate for obtaining a certificate was set at Rs 30; users reported paying an average of Rs 101 for it.
Residential schools have been Odisha govt's answer to the challenge of taking school education to remote tribals hamlets, where girls are especially deprived of educational opportunities. It is also
IndiaSpendIn 2016-17, Odisha shut down 828 village schools, mainly in tribal-majority districts, purportedly due to low enrolment. It allocated those funds to poorly-run residential schools, thereby compelling parents to send their children away from home instead
Road accidents cost India 3-5% of gross domestic product every year, and are avoidable if India could improve its roads & city planning, train its drivers better, and enforce traffic laws properly
IndiaSpendOver a period of 24 years from 2014 to 2038, if India could halve deaths & injuries due to road traffic, its GDP could increase by 7%: 2018 World Bank report. Read to know how India can prevent traffic accidents
By the time they turn 71, they will live in a world that is 4 degrees-Celsius warmer than it was in pre-industrial times (until the mid-1700s).
IndiaSpendIn India, avg yield potential of maize+rice declined by ~2% over the past 58 years due to rising temperatures. Malnutrition already causes 2/3rds of under-5 child deaths. Increased prices, decreasing yields will intensify problem: New report in The Lancet
On November 3, levels of PM 2.5 in Delhi's air were recorded at a 24-hour average of 625 µg/m3, the season's worst. IndiaSpend spoke to Sagnik Dey, an associate professor at the Centre for Atmospheric
IndiaSpendIn Delhi, 2-wheelers form the largest chunk of transport emissions (32%). The odd-even exercise may fail if they are not included in the scheme: @somagnik, associate professor @iitdelhi who studied the effect of ‘odd-even’ on pollution in January 2016
Without mechanisation of sewer-cleaning, localised solutions for sewage treatment and modern sewer systems, the govt's Swachh Bharat (clean India) programme--for which PM Modi won a prestigious global
IndiaSpend“In India caste is linked with sanitation:” @BezwadaWilson, national convener, Safai Karmachari Andolan & Magsaysay Award winner. “Everyone knows who will clean a septic tank.”
IndiaSpendWithout mechanisation & decentralised sewage treatment, “constructing toilets will not make Swachh Bharat:”@BezwadaWilson, national convener, Safai Karmachari Andolan. “You are creating an illusion and asking people to believe it.”
India had the highest suicide rate in the South East Asian region in 2016, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) latest report.
IndiaSpendIndia had the highest female suicide rate & the 3rd highest male suicide rate in South-East Asia in 2016. At 18.5 suicides per 100,000 people, its male suicide rate was higher than its female suicide rate (14.5) & the national rate (16.5)
IndiaSpendAfter publishing India’s annual suicide statistics for 49 years, & farmer suicide data for two years, the National Crime Records Bureau has not released suicide data 3 yrs in a row. New @WHO report says India’s 2016 was suicide rate highest in S-E Asia
Indore, the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, has eliminated garbage dumps, ensured all household trash is segregated and organic waste converted to useful compost or fuel.
IndiaSpendIndore has learned to finance trash collection: It spent Rs 155 crore on operations, earned Rs 27 crore in user fees & funded the rest through property tax. @shreyashah26 explains how Indore’s streets are kept clean and what other Indian cities can learn.
Alongwith Swedish teen Greta Thunberg and 14 other children, Ridhima Pandey, 11, has filed a petition with the UN Convention for Child Rights asking for action against five countries for not doing
IndiaSpendWithout naming PM Narendra Modi, 11-yr-old Indian school girl petitioning UN on #climatechange says Indian leaders make “tall claims” but there is “no action on the ground”. Ridhima Pandey, who lives near Ganga, says it is dirty despite billions spent.
The 2019 wage code comes as a big blow to circular migrant workers, who continuously move between their village, never settling. Even at current mininum wages, they barely survive
IndiaSpend“No one listens to us in the city,” #Adivasi construction worker in Ahmedabad. Excluded from state subsidies, welfare, hundred of thousands of workers must rely on expensive markets for food and rent, bleeding out their meagre #wages for bare survival.
Rural social insurance programmes, such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, can help reduce violent incidents by as much as 50% in conflict-affected areas, says a new
IndiaSpendIndia is highly vulnerable to #climatechange, located in the most disaster-prone region in the world. Economist Thiemo Fetzer discusses links between climate change & civil violence, & how rural job schemes such as MGNREGS can prevent conflict
Srinagar and Baramulla: Haji Mohammed Ghani, 74, squatted at the border of his apple orchard, sporting a neatly trimmed, white beard, & a frown. Around him were trees laden with apples ripe for
IndiaSpendThe IT hub of Srinagar was its best kept secret & success story. About 250 IT companies here employed 1,500 & reported Rs 500 crore turnover. With internet down, most companies have lost their business. @swagata_y reports
Continents like Africa that contribute less than 3% to the global carbon emissions will be worst affected by climate change. WHO expert Maria Neira talks about the inequity in climate change.
IndiaSpendAir pollution causes 7 million premature deaths annually. It also shares 70% of causes with climate change. @WHO experts talks about #climatechange - #publichealth links
IndiaSpendIn 15 countries that emit most greenhouse gases, health impacts of air #pollution are estimated to cost more than 4% of GDP. @WHO expert @DrMariaNeira on why investing in climate adaptation makes sound economic sense