Barely noticed and mostly ignored by the chatterati, a silent sanitation revolution appears to be underway in rural West Bengal, Rajasthan and to some extent in Madhya Pradesh. It appears that we may finally be turning a corner in our war against open defecation.
When development is mentioned, people mention Human Development Index (HDI), a composite index based on three heads of health, knowledge and PPP per capita gross national income. India’s latest HDI value is 0.609, giving it a rank of 130 out of 188 countries. In 1980, India’s HDI value was 0.362.
Women play an essential role in the management of natural resources, including soil, water, forests and often have a profound traditional and
The gender differentials in environmental dependence stem from women’s:
This is a well-rounded budget that promises to accelerate growth on a sustainable basis and transform the lives of hundred of millions of Indian citizens. While the rest of the global economy has been decelerating, India has continued to accelerate. The Budget will reinforce this trend in the Indian economy.
Economic Survey can often be a boring document, full of official-sounding jargon, repeating in text what is already available in tables. One looks towards Survey for two kinds of things. First, normally, there is little primary data in Survey. Data comes from other sources.
The year 2015-16 has been a very difficult year for the Indian economy. The global environment remained unfavourable for exports and slowdown in the major economies, put downward pressure on the growth rate of Indian economy as well. India faced four consecutive unfavourable weather seasons which hit agricultural and rural economy hard.
The 2016-17 budget is remarkable in many ways. First, it has breath-taking range. The budget mentions everything from baby food to restructuring of the railway board on business lines. Second, it places the customer right at the center of the organizational focus.
The Railway Budget for 2016-17 has just been presented. The headline-grabbing point about no new trains and no fare increases is a myopic way of looking at the Budget. There are two ways to look at the Budget. The first is to look at the numbers in 2015-16 and how the projections went wrong, thereby adding credibility to the projections for 2016-17. Of course, the numbers are bad.
At the Joint Session of Parliament, the President said that "Close to 1800 obsolete legislations are at various stages of repeal". Earlier, at the Economic Times Global Business Summit, the PM said, "Our country suffers from an excess of old and unnecessary laws which obstruct people and businesses. We began the exercise of identifying unnecessary laws and repealing them.