The Public Distribution System in India: Chhattisgarh to serve as a model state?

Posted on:16-09-14

Vidushi Bahuguna

The Public Distribution System (PDS) in India is one of the most important food security programmes subsidizing foodgrains for the poor, guaranteeing remunerative prices to farmers and helping cope with exigent situations such as floods, drought etc. Over the years, however, the PDS has come under much criticism owing to problems in implementation. This blog seeks to look at some of the problems faced by the PDS in the country and thereafter takes the case of Chhattisgarh - which is often termed a “model state” for PDS implementation – to see how these problems have been addressed. Read more »

Kinks in Development- MDGs in India

Posted on:01-09-14

Smriti Iyer

In early 2000, the Millennium Declaration articulated a bold vision and established concrete ‘goals’ for improving the lives of those threatened by poverty, disease and hunger. These concrete targets however, were not devised through a consultative process with developing countries. Instead, a working committee drawn from different UN agencies such as the World Bank, IMF, UNICEF and others identified goals and targets for development. Although not a formal UN resolution, the Millenium Development Goals(MDGs)  have played a pivotal role in shaping the international development cooperation agenda till at least 2015. Read more »

MGNREGA: Women's Participation and its Impact

Posted on:26-08-14

Ekta Joshi

Launched in 2006, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) legally enshrines the “right to work” and ensures livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. Read more »

Roadblocks in the implementation of the RTE

Posted on:13-08-14

Shekhar Dewan

Government schools in India are perceived as places where the quality of teaching is questionable, and teacher absenteeism high. While these views may not be entirely accurate, there are some concerning trends that the data points towards.  Read more »

उचित ढंग से पैसों का दुरूपयोग

Posted on:06-08-14

“निःषुल्क एवं अनिवार्य बाल षिक्षा अधिकार अधिनियम 2009” की धारा 21 के अनुसार राजस्थान राज्य के समस्त राजकीय प्राथमिक एवं उच्च प्राथमिक विधालयों में “विधालय प्रबन्धन समिति“ का गठन किया गया हैं। विधालय प्रबन्धन समिति को उनके दायित्वों की जानकारी देने, विधालय के प्रति अपनत्व की भावना&n Read more »

The Perpetuating Problem of Coordination

Posted on:24-07-14

Smriti Iyer, Accountability Initiative

Different kinds of roads make a city. There are roads which are barely pucca, some which have a generous spread of potholes and provides many more chances of being run over by rapidly moving traffic. There are also roads which are just a dream come true; smooth and wide with space for pedestrians to walk. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which road needs attention first. Yet our planners and implementers ignore, what at first glance seems like common sense. This blog seeks to cite a few examples to highlight the problems of coordination and planning that persist and pan over a variety of services and schemes.

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Dissemination Camp: Humara Paisa, Humara School

Posted on:14-07-14

Anthony Chettri, Accountability Initiative

Can decentralization reforms meant to enhance school governance in primary and upper primary schools in India achieve the goal of universal elementary education that the RTE Act envisages?

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“हमारा पैसा......हमारा स्कूल”

Posted on:04-07-14

कुछ नया करने से सीखने और परिणामों को जानने का मौका मिलता है | इसलिए कुछ नया जरूर करना चाहिए | इसी बात को मद्देनज़र रखते हुए हमारी टीम द्वारा “हमारा पैसा हमारा स्कूल” के अभियान को शुरू किया गया | जो की 4 राज्यों के 4 ज़िलों में किया जाना था, जिसमे महाराष्ट्र (सातारा) मध्य प्रदेश (सागर) तेलंगाना (मेदक) और राजस्थान (जयपुर) शामिल है | जिसमे करीब 30 स्कूलों में यह कार्यक्रम प्रायोगिक स्तर पर करने की य Read more »

Grievance Redress: Arriving at an impasse?

Posted on:23-06-14

Aishwarya Panicker, Accountability Initiative

Most government services and social sector schemes display a deep polarity in what is professed under particular policies, and what is achieved at the ground level. Widespread implementation failure has given India a unique characterization of being a ‘flailing state’[1] which has attributes of 'a very capable head’ but one which is ‘no longer reliably connected to the arms and legs of implementation’.

Putting the Test to Test: An Analysis of NCERT's National Assessment Survey

Posted on:27-05-14

Avani Kapur, Accountability Initiative

The much awaited results of the 2012 National Achievement Survey (NAS) of Class III and Class VIII students are finally publicly available.[1]  The third round of the survey, conducted as part of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is deemed to be one of the government's most comprehensive educational assessments. The survey collects information about the achievement levels of students in reading, mathematics, science and social science across a sample of government and government-aided elementary schools. Read more »