The very nature of decentralisation hinges on the ability of the lowest levels of government to quantify and manage their needs and capabilities. Governments need timely and reliable facts to ensure correct resource allocation and design relevant policies. In the absence of efficient and effective data management systems in India (Some pieces may be accessed here, here, here, here and here. ), it is no surprise that countless government schemes in India fail to achieve their stated objectives. Given the need to converge massive bits of information into comparable, numeric formats – the importance of data management in government cannot be overemphasised. Read more »
Avani Kapur Read more »
“Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” - John Godfrey Saxe
We’ve been in Bhojpur, Bihar for some days now, surveying several individuals associated with government funded education for a project. On 1st September we heard that the Prime Minister was going to address all school children and teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. Since we were already on the field, visiting schools daily, we decided to observe the way this was carried out in randomly selected schools, right from the formal dissemination of this news at the ground level to obtaining post-speech-reactions.
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 »
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 »
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 »