20 August 2018 | IndiaSpend
Even as health crises in India grew, National Health Mission (NHM) funds unspent by states over five years to 2016 increased by 29%, according to a recent audit by the government’s auditor. The audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India also reported delayed transfers and misallocation of these funds.
10 August 2018 | IndiaSpend
With a little more than a year to go for Swachh Bharat Mission’s deadline of open-defecation-free India, patchy access to toilets, incomplete toilet construction and rampant open defecation among households with a toilet were some findings of a new study in gram panchayats (village councils) declared open defecation-free (ODF) in Rajasthan.
- 30 May 2018 | IndiaSpend
- 4 May 2018 | IndiaSpend
- 2 May 2018 | Down to Earth
- 16 February 2018 | Mint
- 10 February 2018 | Governance Now
- 9 February 2018 | Governance Now
- 8 February 2018 | Governance Now
- 6 February 2018 | The Wire
2 February 2018 | The Indian Express
Budget 2018: The only major announcement is reduction of women employees’ PF contribution to 8% for first three years of their employment against existing rate of 12% or 10% with no change in employers’ contribution.
31 January 2018 | IndiaSpend
More Indians than ever before now have access to a toilet, but little attention to education and changing attitudes means that at least 522 million Indians still defecate in the open–leaving many millions susceptible to disease and poverty.
24 January 2018 | Mint
Swachh Bharat Mission is racing towards its target of achieving an Open Defecation Free India by 2019, constructing more than 2,000 toilets every hour; but will the gains from such increased coverage be sustainable?
- 22 December 2017 | Mint
- 22 November 2017 | The Scroll
- 10 November 2017 | Hindustan Times
- 6 November 2017 | IndiaSpend
- 3 November 2017 | Business Standard
7 October 2017 | NDTV
This week, one of the government's signature schemes - the Swachh Bharat Mission - turns three years old. We examine the data and travel to the ground to investigate the claims of a scheme on which an estimated Rs. 50,000 crore have already been spent.
- 5 October 2017 | Deccan Chronicle
- 2 October 2017 | IndiaSpend
- 13 August 2017 | Hindustan Times
- 3 July 2017 | Indiaspend/Hindustan Times
- 8 June 2017 | The Economist
- 5 June 2017 | GovernanceNow
2 February 2017 | The Deccan Herald
There were a lot of expectations from Budget 2017. The demonetisation on November 8, and the chapter on Universal Basic Income (UBI) in the Economic Survey had raised our hopes for a big bang announcement on the social sector. Partially, I admit, this expectation was premature. UBI is complicated at best, something recognised by the Economic Survey as well, and the ‘benefits’, if any, of demonetisation are yet to be realised. The net result is thus status quo for a majority of the schemes under the social sector.
2 February 2017 | Hindustan Times
There were no surprises—no helicopter drop of money into Jan-Dhan accounts, no move to dismantle ongoing welfare schemes in favour of a universal basic income (UBI). Far from being the populist, game-changing budget that many had expected, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley presented a sombre, status quo budget which, apart from some tinkering with allocations, offers no vision and agenda for social policy, especially when it comes to core sectors like health and education.
- 26 January 2017 | The Wire
2 March 2016 | Economic and Political Weekly
Elementary education administrators at the block level primarily perceive themselves, or report themselves to be, disempowered cogs in a hierarchical administrative culture that renders them powerless. They refer to their own roles and offices as "post offices," used simply for doing the bidding of higher authorities and ferrying messages between the top and bottom of the education chain. Using the case of education delivery, this paper attempts to probe an administrator's perspective in resolving the implementation problem at the last mile and is based on detailed primary fieldwork in Bihar and Andhra Pradesh along with some quantitative surveys conducted in Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh. It endeavours to trace the "cognitive maps" of administrators by capturing how last mile public servants see themselves and their jobs, and how notions of job performance are internalised and interpreted within the administrative context of elementary education in India.
- 15 July 2015 | SocialCops
25 March 2015 | The Times of India
The implementation of the Right to Education Act's Section 12(1)(c), which requires private-unaided schools to reserve 25% seats for kids from economically weaker sections (EWS) and disadvantaged groups (DG), has been most successful in Delhi.
- 25 March 2015 | The Hindu
- 25 March 2015 | Livemint
- 24 March 2015 | Business Standard
- 23 July 2013 | The Times of India