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14 states provide eggs as part of mid-day meal scheme: Education ministry

The introduction of eggs in mid-day meal schemes has been opposed by religious and caste groups that push for vegetarian meals in several states. .....

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Samagra Shiksha programme: Centre proposes ₹1,181 crore allocation for Punjab next fiscal

The Union ministry of education has proposed an allocation of ₹1,181.30 crore for Punjab in the financial year 2023-24 under the centrally sponsored Samagra Shiksha programm.....

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Op Eds

Budget 2023: Learning Losses During COVID Cannot be Compensated by the Inadequate Allocation for School Education

During the pandemic, allocations for school education were reduced. The increase in funding in this budget had to be of an order that would mitigate the damage done. .....

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Budget 2023: Infrastructure Spending Grows But At The Expense Of Social Sector Spending

While the capital expenditure of the government doubled, this is the first time, since 2009, that social sector spending is less than 20% of total government expenditure......

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The Social Sector has been Short-Changed Once Again

Social sector initiatives which contribute to improving lives, improving human development outcomes, and economic revival have received inadequate allocations. .....

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Budget Briefs 2023: Milestone Volume

New Delhi,1 Feb 2023: The Union Budget 2023 has placed special emphasis on inclusive development and reaching the last mile. But our analysis of 12 major Government of India (GoI) schemes has shown a.....

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Avantika Shrivastava

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The Evolution of India's Welfare System, 2008 to 2023

A lookback on welfare spending and outcomes is an essential first step to understanding future priorities and pathways to development. .....

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Avantika Shrivastava

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Centre’s Free Ration Scheme ‘PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana’ Has Got A New Spin

For the 28 months that PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was implemented, a total outlay of approximately ₹3.91 lakh crore was sanctioned for 1,118 lakh tons of allocated foodgrai.....

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Avantika Shrivastava

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Budget 2023: Nirmala Sitharaman Speech | Expert Analysis

As Modi Govt 2.0's last full budget ahead of General Elections in 2024, the Budget is likely to be an exercise in managing several objectives - from fiscal prudence, to boosti.....

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Avantika Shrivastava

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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Education Budget 2023: Just 51% SSA Funds Released Till December 2022

Accountability Initiative’s analysis shows that releases have been slow. SSA accounted for 36% of funds for education ministry in 2022-23. .....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news - Policy Buzz - published every fortnight. Policy.....

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The Evolution of India's Welfare System from 2008-2023: A Lookback

In the 15 years that have gone by, India has seen a significant transition in the social sector, and lived through a pandemic. At the Accountability Initiative, Centre for Policy Research, we have tra.....

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Smart Cities Mission

Smart Cities Mission (SCM) is Government of India’s (GoI’s) urban rejuvenation mission launched on 25 June 2015. The Mission was initiated with the objective of providing core infrastructure, and.....

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Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman

The National Programme of PM POSHAN, previously known as the National Scheme for Mid-Day Meals in schools (MDM), is a scheme to provide one hot cooked meal in government and government-aided schools,.....

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Ayushman Bharat

Ayushman Bharat, under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), was launched by Government of India (GoI) on 23 September 2018. This brief uses government data to analyse the.....

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Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana and Janani Suraksha Yojana

This brief reports on two maternity benefit schemes of the Government of India (GoI): a) Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) provides partial wage compensation to improve health-seeking beh.....

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National Health Mission

National Health Mission (NHM) is Government of India's (GoI’s) largest public health programme, which aims to achieve universal access to quality healthcare. It consists of two sub-missions: ■ Na.....

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Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is Government of India’s (GoI’s) flagship scheme to provide at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year.....

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Amidst Protests, Allocation of Funds to MGNREGS will be Key

Every argument around MGNREGS boils down to the allocation of funds for the programme. With just one week away from the Budget 2022-23 announcement, a closer look at the schem.....

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Op Eds

Ensure Growth with Jobs: Don’t Leave Poor Behind

In the Indian context, social policy, which includes social protection, is critical. How have some of the government schemes and interventions fared in this regard? .....

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In a Glance: India's Major Welfare Programmes

Through this blog, we give you a basic overview of India's major welfare programmes. Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Mission .....

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Urbanisation in India: What is Municipal Financing?

According to Census population projections (2020),.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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Samagra Shiksha

Samagra Shiksha is Government of India’s (GoI’s) school education programme covering preprimary to higher-secondary levels. Launched in April 2018, the scheme is the primary vehicle to implement t.....

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Mission Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0

In Financial Year (FY) 2021-22, the Government of India (GoI) restructured the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), POSHAN (Prime Minister's Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment) Abhiy.....

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Jal Jeevan Mission

Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) is Government of India’s (GoI’s) rural drinking water programme to provide functional tap connections to every household for drinking, cooking, and other domestic needs on.....

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Food Subsidy and the National Food Security Act

Food Subsidy is provided by the Government of India (GoI) for the supply and distribution of foodgrains and other essential commodities. With the passing of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in.....

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Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana - Gramin

Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana - Gramin (PMAY-G) is Government of India’s (GoI's) flagship ‘Housing for All’ scheme. The scheme aims to provide monetary assistance for the construction of a puc.....

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Union Budget 2023: Experts Don't Expect Surprises in Social Sector Outlay

While experts believe that provision for various social schemes may go up, the sector is unlikely to see any major announcements .....

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In a Glance: Winter Session 2022

The Winter Session 2022 of Parliament commenced on 9 December 2022 and was scheduled to conclude on 29 December 2022. The session, however, adjourned sine die six days.....

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Aprajita Verma

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news - Policy Buzz - published every fortnight. Policy.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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Budget, Of the Government, By the Government, For the Government

If public spending in India is to improve, the burden lies on us to remind ourselves of the 'people’s reality' every budget season. .....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Policy Buzz

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Op Eds

Citizen vs Labharthi? Interrogating the Welfare State

Given the centrality of welfare in the BJP’s electoral discourse, it is important to ask if there is a distinct BJP welfare model. If so, how do the two different narratives.....

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India's Population, Poverty And Consumption Data Missing As 2022 Comes To A Close

Several important datasets that help in formulating government policies have not been released for over two years .....

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Mental Health and the Question of Public Provision

India and the world have committed to Universal Health C.....

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Ritwik Shukla

Articles

Celebrate Civic Political Action for its Own Sake

The battleground for substantive democracy in India has largely been outside the electoral arena in the form of citizen-led mobilisations. In 2023, when state polls will domin.....

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Ritwik Shukla

Articles

Welfare Initiatives | For the People

The evolution of India’s welfare state tells the story of the power and possibility of democratic participation—one that has shaped national and global discourse. .....

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Ritwik Shukla

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2022 in Review: Untying the Knots

As India emerged from the long shadow cast by the pandemic, one thing was reconfirmed for us — knowledge and accurate information are key to finding solutions to the country.....

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Primer

Roundtable on the Regulation of Non-State Actors in India’s School Education (Summary Note)

With rising demand for education during the last few decades from all sections of the society, there has been an inc.....

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news - Policy Buzz - published every fortnight. Policy.....

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Op Eds

Yamini Aiyar: Why Think Tanks Are Critical to Indian Policymaking

By serving as convening hubs for diverse stakeholders to come together and discuss pressing policy concerns, Indian think tanks help U.S. policymakers understand local viewpoi.....

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South Asia Non-State Actors in Education: Who Chooses? Who Loses? (Summary)

Education is both a public and a private good. Governments take on the high cost of delivering education because of its public-good qualities – in other words, the wider benefits to societies and ec.....

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Op Eds

Government by ‘Consultant’ can Hollow Out the State

The 'consultant' performing functions outsourced to them by government is a global phenomenon. .....

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Big Questions India Needs to Focus on About Implementing a Right to Health 

The Government of India has reiterated that the goal for India’s healthcare system is to progressively achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This is the prominent.....

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Ritwik Shukla

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Who Abets Corruption?

During the National Vigilance Week, a couple of weeks back, I was called to give a presentation at a prominent Bengaluru-based Public Sector Organisation. This happe.....

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T. R. Raghunandan

Publication

Gender Gap in the Labour Market of India’s North‑East: 2011–2012 to 2019–2020

There is a broad agreement that India’s North-Eastern Region (NER) is relatively better off in gender-based development parameters. That being so, one should expect advantageous labour market outcom.....

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Policy Buzz

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Op Eds

Work Demand under MGNREGS at 4-Month High, FY23 Funds almost Exhausted

The budgetary allocation for MGNREGS has already been exhausted, if pending liabilities for the financial year are included .....

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क्या आंगनवाड़ी कार्यकर्ता बदलाव के लिए तैयार हैं?

राष्ट्रीय शिक्षा नीति 2020 को लागू हुए दो साल पूरे हो चुके .....

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Op Eds

Why has the Government put the Census on Hold?

Why has the government put the census on hold and how has it impacted us? .....

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भारत में माध्यमिक शिक्षा तक पहुंच से संबंधित चुनौतियां

भारत की नवीनतम राष्ट्रीय शिक्षा नीति .....

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news - Policy Buzz - published every fortnight. Policy.....

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Observations on Obfuscation through E-Governance

The conventional wisdom behind e-Governance, repeated so often that we ignore its true implications, states that e-Governance improves transparency. This leads to the question; what exactly is.....

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T. R. Raghunandan

Op Eds

Challenges in Access to Secondary Education in India

India’s latest National Education Policy has envisaged universal access to education by 2030. However, while enrolment is high in elementary schools, access to and uptake of.....

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T. R. Raghunandan

Op Eds

Reframing Policymaking to Tackle Rural Inflation

Rather than relying on new infrastructure projects, which are both capital-intensive and slow to start, the focus must be on the maintenance of existing infrastructure, writes.....

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T. R. Raghunandan

Publication

Regulation of Non-State Actors in School Education in India

First published as background paper prepared for the Global Education Monitoring Report on Non-state actors in Education –South A.....

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Corruption and the Limits of Our Imagination of State-Building

Welfare schemes in India are 'targeted' based on eligibility criteria laid down by the State. .....

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It is Time to Emphasise on Community Participation and Empower Panchayats: Interview with IAS Aditya Ranjan

The bureaucracy is considered to be the steel framework that makes the country’s development aspirations a reality, but little is understood in the public about the people behind the scenes. S.....

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Avantika Shrivastava

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news - Policy Buzz - published every fortnight. Policy.....

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Publication

A Comprehensive Overview of Departmental Convergence Under MGNREGS

While government departments work in silos, there is potential to synergise effort, finances, and technical expertise to plan and implement programmes and achieve holistic objectives. This can benefit.....

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 E-Governance and Decentralisation

The economist Jack Waldon made an astute, if somewhat cynical observation, in the context of democratic decentralisation through multi-level governments. He said tha.....

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T. R. Raghunandan

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Understanding Rajasthan's Urban Unemployment Challenge

The pandemic induced slowdown gripped the country and many states faced an unprecedented migrant crisis. Inevitably, the unemployment rate shot up in almost all the Ind.....

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Kuber Bathla

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news - Policy Buzz - published every fortnight. Policy.....

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A Crisis of Conscience: Civil Servants & Freedom of Expression

Last month, on the 75th anniversary of Independence Day, several convicts serving a life sentence were released from jail in an act of clemency. They were convicted.....

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T. R. Raghunandan

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Policy Buzz

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NREGA, Food Security Act, Once Derided as Freebies, Ensured Indians Didn’t Starve During COVID

Among comparable nations, India spends the least on social protections, yet we’re debating ‘freebies’, says Yamini Aiyar. .....

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Menstrual Health Services in India: A Comprehensive Overview of the Public System

Menstrual health is defined as the state of “complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing” duri.....

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Tanya Rana

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Ideation: Third Edition

The complexities involved in governing India are widely acknowledged. In countless conversations, the government is spoken to be akin to a machine with its cogs (people) and wheels (processes, rules a.....

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Understanding Policy Focus on Child Protection

First published in DCPCR's Children First: Journal on Children's Live; available here. Union budget 2022-23, announced the renami.....

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Unpacking Rajasthan’s Urban Employment Guarantee Programme

As the pandemic induced unemployment skyrocketed, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) became a social security net to fall back on f.....

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Op Eds

From Rights to Duties: The Deliberate Remaking of the Citizen

Citizens in this formulation are enablers of government working toward fulfilling its goals, rather than active, rights-bearing stakeholders. .....

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Op Eds

A Substantive Welfare State Remains an Illusion

Over the decades, an elite obsession with getting the state out of the way has left a majority of Indians without the power to claim any real economic freedom. .....

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A Lesson To Remember For Officer Trainees

Every year, I get a chance to interact with officer trainees who have joined the higher bureaucracy and are under training in the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academ.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

Blog

पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news - Policy Buzz - published every fortnight. Policy.....

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Policy Research in India – Insights from Avani Kapur

Avani Kapur is a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and leads the Accountability Initiative (AI). Her own interest has been in building evidence for policy advocacy to strength.....

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Tanya Rana

Blog

In a Glance: Monsoon Session 2022

The Monsoon Session 2022 of Parliament commenced on 18 July 2022 and was adjourned sine die on 8 August 2022. Below are curated highlights from the Question Hour and Ze.....

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Aprajita Verma

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There are hardly any Administrative Problems with no Solutions: Interview with OAS Rumana Jafri

The bureaucracy is considered to be the steel framework that makes the country’s development aspirations a reality, but little is understood in the public about the people behind the scenes. S.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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Understanding the Implementation of Pre-Primary Education in India

The National Education Policy 2020, completes two years this year. Among its areas of focus has been the introduction of pre-primary education, also referred to.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Policy Buzz

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'Now and in the Future, Skill Set of Policy Making & Implementation Using Evidence-based Framework is Needed'

The bureaucracy is considered to be the steel framework that makes the country’s development aspirations a reality, but little is understood in the public about the people behind the sce.....

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जवाबदेही कानून जैसी व्यवस्थाओं की आवश्यकता

यह पाया गया है की एक स्वस्थ शासन के लिए नागरिकों की भागीदारी काफ.....

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Improving Public Outreach of Lokayukta

A lot has happened in Karnataka regarding the situation of corruption since I wrote my .....

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T. R. Raghunandan

Publication

PAISA for Panchayats Study for the State of Kerala

The PAISA for Panchayats research project extends Accountability Initiative’s PAISA methodology to track fund flows and implementations processes at the Panchayat level. This study attempts to bridg.....

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Decline in Unemployment Rate in 2020-21: A Reason to Rejoice or Worry?

The newly-released Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS), 2020-21 documents an important employment trend. During the one-year period between July 2020 (3 months after th.....

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'People Think that Anganwadis are Withholding their Benefits'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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Decrease in Funds for MGNREGS Amidst Increasing Rural Unemployment

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), India's flagship programme on rural livelihoods, witnessed neither a mention in the .....

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Primer

संक्षिप्त – हिमाचल प्रदेश

यह दस्तावेज़ अकॉउंटबिलिटी इनिशिएटिव (सेंटर फॉर पॉलिसी रिसर्च) द्वारा प्रक.....

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Primer

In a Glance: Social Protection to Safeguard Citizens against Vulnerabilities

Social Protection includes policies and programmes implemented to prevent, manage and overcome adverse conditions and challenges that lead to vulnerability or loss of well-being. Different social p.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Policy Buzz

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Build Something that Lasts in the System for a Long Time: Interview with IAS Minal Karanwal

The bureaucracy is considered to be the steel framework that makes the country’s development aspirations a reality, but little is understood in the public about the people behind the scenes. .....

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Prateek Gupta

Blog

How to have a Proactive Lokayukta

I concluded my last blog by asserting that greater outreach is p.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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Karnataka’s Learning from National Achievement Survey 2021

The release of the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021 results is an opportune moment for evaluating the status of education systems in the country. With over 1.18 lakh schools and 34 lakh students.....

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Sidharth Santhosh

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Policy Buzz

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Primer

संक्षिप्त – बिहार

यह दस्तावेज़ अकॉउंटबिलिटी इनिशिएटिव (सेंटर फॉर पॉलिसी रिसर्च) द्वारा प्रका.....

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Primer

संक्षिप्त – मध्य प्रदेश

यह दस्तावेज़ अकॉउंटबिलिटी इनिशिएटिव (सेंटर फॉर पॉलिसी रिसर्च) द्वारा प्रका.....

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संक्षिप्त – महाराष्ट्र

यह दस्तावेज़ अकॉउंटबिलिटी इनिशिएटिव (सेंटर फॉर पॉलिसी रिसर्च) द्वारा प्रक.....

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Primer

संक्षिप्त – राजस्थान

यह दस्तावेज़ अकॉउंटबिलिटी इनिशिएटिव (सेंटर फॉर पॉलिसी रिसर्च) द्वारा प्रक.....

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Enrollment Falls In Private Schools Due To Covid-19-Induced Income Shock

Latest government data show an increase of almost four million in government school enrollment and a decrease of three million in private school enrolment between 2019-20 and.....

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Are Anti-Corruption Commissions Effective?

I had ended last week’s blog by saying that in India, we nee.....

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'No Special Activities for Remedial Measures'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Policy Buzz

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Methods and Lessons From Costing a Large mHealth Intervention at Scale in India

The use of mobile devices to deliver public health interventions is rapidly increasing, particularly in low resource settings. Despite their proliferation, several mHealth interventions in developing.....

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The Karnataka Lokayukta and the Dilution of Accountability

A few weeks back, a contentious issue hit the headlines in Bengaluru. The state government withdrew nearly all its police officers, of the rank of Superintendents an.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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Policy Buzz

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Despite Increased Spending, Health Outcomes Remain Poor in Backward States

The 15th Finance Commission maintained states' higher share of central taxes while recommending an overall increase in government health spending to prepare better for the nex.....

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‘Have not Received any Financial Incentive during the Pandemic’

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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Primer

In a Glance: MGNREGS Wages

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is a flagship scheme of the Government of India (GoI) which aims to provide at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a fin.....

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Trickle or Flow: Unpacking Fund Flow Pattern of Jal Jeevan Mission

Launched in August 2019, Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) aims to provide functional household tap connections (FHTCs) to every rural household in India by 2024. At the start o.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Policy Buzz

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A Missed Milestone: How India has been Unable to Boost Public Education Spending to 6% of GDP

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, India’s guiding policy document on achieving equitable and quality education for all, has reiterated the need for increasing.....

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In a Glance: Budget Session 2022 (Part II)

The second part of the Budget Session 2022 commenced on 14th March and concluded on 8th April. Below are curated highlights from the Question Hour and Zero Hour during.....

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Making the Government System Climate Change-ready

The Cutting Edge is an exclusive series by the Accountability Initiative featuring insights from world-renowned scholars, and ideas that can spur innovation.  .....

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विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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We Need to Listen to the Communities We Work With: Interview with IAS Dr. Mittali Sethi

The bureaucracy is considered to be the steel framework that makes the country’s development aspirations a reality, but little is understood in the public about the people behind the scenes. .....

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Prateek Gupta

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Policy Buzz

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Decoding India’s Public Finance Management System: Challenges, Best Practices & Way Forward (Summary Notes)

Over the past few years, attempts have been made previously to develop a public finance management system that tracks funds through the budget cycle. One such example is the Union government’s Publi.....

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Four Priorities to Keep in Mind when Engaging with the Government

Millions of Indian citizens depend on the government for basic services like education, health, nutrition, and others. For these services to reach citizens, a gigantic.....

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Civil Servants Have to Become Facilitators: Interview with IAS Simi Karan

The bureaucracy is considered to be the steel framework that makes the country’s development aspirations a reality, but little is understood in the public about the people behind the scenes. .....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Policy Buzz

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Capacity Building: Training or Organisational Development in Panchayats?

A dawning realisation from my recent and continuing engagement with the recasting of the National.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

Op Eds

Countries Around the World are Slashing Education Budgets. Children will Suffer Most.

Each time cases surged, schools were the first to close and only restarted in person months after every other economic activity had resumed. .....

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State Budgets One-Stop Resource 2022

We’ve made it easier for you to access state budgets by compiling budget documents below. Click on any state to see more. .....

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Podcasts

Yamini Aiyar on the Education Pandemic

In this podcast, Yamini Aiyar speaks with journalist Rhoda Metcalfe about how the digital divide has pushed poor kids into an educational deficit that could reverberate for ye.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Podcasts

The RISE Podcast: Yamini Aiyar on 'Rewriting the Grammar of the Delhi Education System'

Yamini Aiyar speaks about her new book which documents the introduction of a new package of education reforms in Delhi public schools. .....

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Policy Buzz

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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In a Glance: Budget Session 2022 (Part I)

The Budget Session 2022 of Parliament commenced on 31 January 2022 and is scheduled to conclude on 8 April 2022. Below are curated highlights from the Question Hour and.....

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Aprajita Verma

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Investing in Champion Local Governments: A Case Study of Bangladesh

Over a decade back, when making my first forays into international consultancy, I was lucky to listen to a remarkable idea which was then in its infancy and had just been rolled out. Two motivated ind.....

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The Conundrum on Capacity Development of India's Local Government Elected Representatives

Have capacity development programmes for local government elected representatives and officials improved over the years? Before answering that question, three preliminary questions need to be answe.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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India's Capability Building Framework and the Reshaping of Panchayat-level Training

Last week, I tuned into a meeting convened to discuss the preparation of a new National Capability Building Framework (NCBF) for Panchayats. It was a good opportunit.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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Policy Buzz

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Professional Welfarism or Corporate Capture? A Perspective on CSR and Local Governments

Of late, there is a forward popular on WhatsApp groups. It is the story of a Panchayat where everything is run, on the face of it, ideally. Not only are roads well buil.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

Podcasts

सरकार का पैसा आख़िर जाता कहाँ है? Understanding India’s Public Finance

एक आम इंसान के रोज़मर्रा जीवन में कौनसी लेवल की सरकार ज़्यादा माईन.....

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Video

#127 सरकार का पैसा आख़िर जाता कहाँ है? Understanding India’s Public Finance

एक आम इंसान के रोज़मर्रा जीवन में कौनसी लेवल की सरकार ज़्यादा माईन.....

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Under-prioritisation of Women’s Safety in the Union Budget?

In 2021, the National Commission for Women (NCW) registered a .....

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Tanya Rana

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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Does India Need More Federalism or Less? - Debate

What do such Centre-state entanglements say about India's federalism? And what should we be batting for - a more federalised structure or a stronger Centre? .....

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Op Eds

Centre Can't Absolve Itself Of Its Role In Worsening Fiscal Health Of States

Even on the verge of elections in five states, Union Budget 2022 was surprising for its restraint in not resorting to populist measures. Yet, while much of the debate focused.....

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Op Eds

‘Upskill Women, Encourage Businesses, Pay Them Well’

With women being hit the hardest by the pandemic, panelists at the inaugural edition of The Indian Express Thinc Series on Gender discussed ways to get them back into the work.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

हे पॉलिसी बझ तुम्हाला विविध कल्याणकारी योजनांमध्ये काय चालले आहे याविषयी द.....

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'Child’s Understanding of the Basics is a Major Concern'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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Federalism and Bureaucracy: The Original Design vs. A Culture of Centralization

The articles in this series seek to make sense of the many manifestations of political and economic centralization in India today, with a particular focus on the historica.....

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Op Eds

Budget And Politics In Pandemic Times

Applying a political economy lens to the recently announced Budget 2022-23, Yamini Aiyar contends that the emphasis on capital expenditure over welfare in the two Budgets.....

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Renegotiating India’s Federal Compact

The future of Indian federalism rests on how contradictions created by new distributive pressures and political delimitation are negotiated. .....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, यह पॉलिसी बज़्ज़ आपको ह.....

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How the Evolution of 'Data Consciousness' is Proving to be Slow and Painful

In my previous blog, I recounted how the Karnataka government had begun the process of.....

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Articles

MGNREGA Allocation: Provision And Demand Not In Sync, Say Experts

FM had allocated ₹73,000 crore towards MGNREGA in last year's Budget, which has been revised to ₹98,000 crore on account of higher demand for the work .....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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Podcasts

Budget 2022: Social Welfare Schemes Not Centre’s Focus, Neither Is Taxing The Rich

In this episode of The Suno India Show, our lead Avani Kapur spoke to reporter Suryatapa Mukherjee, explaining how the budget has accommodated social welfare in terms of.....

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Articles

'No Country Has Provided Equitable, Inclusive Healthcare Without Investing In Public Health'

The National Health Mission needs more money, as does primary healthcare and India's health workforce, Yamini Aiyar, president and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Res.....

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Budget 2022: A Macro View Of The Money Allocated To Healthcare Sector

Budget 2022: The roll-out of an open platform for the National Digital Health Ecosystem and the launch of the National Tele-Mental Health Programme got special attention .....

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Number Of Beneficiaries Enrolled For Maternity Benefit Plan Exceeded Target: Government

PMMVY scheme is estimated to cover 51.70 lakh beneficiaries annually, says Smriti Irani. .....

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Investing In Maternal Health And Nutrition is Critical For India

Gleaning through the recent privately published and government data makes one thing evident – the issue of maternal health and nutrition requires urgent attention. .....

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Does The Budget's Health Allocation Do Enough? | In Focus Podcast

Our lead, Avani Kapur spoke to The Hindu on the affordability of healthcare and the other factors crucial to improving health indicators .....

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Budget 2022 Increases Education Spending, Samagra Shiksha Scheme Key For School Reopenings

The budget for Samagra Shiksha has grown by 20% but is still lower than projected budgets of the education ministry .....

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Budget 2022 Shows How Quickly We Forget the Social and Welfare Net That Served Us During COVID

With revenues of the government expanding significantly, this was an opportunity to present a more expansive budget. Unfortunately, the budget made a clear choice. .....

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Budget For WCD Hiked, But No Increase In Funds For Its Flagship Scheme

However, an expert pointed out that not only had the ministry’s flagship Saksham Anganwadi and Poshan 2.0 programme not seen an increase in its budgetary allocation but the.....

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Is The Budget People Friendly Or Conservative? | People's Editor

Will Budget 2022 Boost Health And Education Amid A Pandemic? Is The Budget People Friendly Or Conservative? .....

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MNREGS Allocation Unchanged Despite Elevated Work Demand, Rural Housing Yet To Pick Up Pace

The programme has perennially been short of funds, with expenditure overwhelming the funds available. The pending liabilities in terms of overdue wages have been rising in the.....

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Budget 2022: Experts Expect An Increased Budget Across Nutrition Schemes To Address Hunger And Malnutrition

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hunger and malnutrition is still unfolding. Here’s what experts are demanding from this year’s budget to improve nutritional outcome.....

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One Nation, Many Burdens

The GST system of indirect taxation completes five years in 2022, and it already seems to have caused cracks in the idea of fiscal federalism. States feel shortchanged at losi.....

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Modifying Government Structures for Fiscal Transparency in Karnataka: A Case Study

Continuing from my previous blog on how governments might actually foster fisc.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

Op Eds

India Underspends On Nutrition, New Nutrition Programme Yet To Be Implemented

The guidelines of the restructured scheme, Saksham Anganwadi and POSHAN 2.0, are still being worked out and POSHAN 2.0 has not yet been approved, an RTI response revealed.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

Articles

For NEP to Work, Education Needs a Larger Budget

India's education sector, the hardest-hit by pandemic, is in desperate need of funds .....

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Press Release

Budget Briefs 2022

New Delhi, 29 Jan 2022: Funding of four major Union government schemes has decreased in 2021 over the previous year, the 14th volume of our flagship publication - the Budget Briefs - at the Accountabi.....

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Avantika Shrivastava

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Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is Government of India’s (GoI’s) flagship scheme to provide at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a Financial Year.....

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Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana - Gramin

Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana - Gramin (PMAY-G) is Government of India’s (GoI) flagship ‘Housing for All’ scheme. The scheme was launched in November 2016 and aims to provide monetary assistance f.....

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Avani Kapur

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National Health Mission

National Health Mission (NHM) is Government of India's (GoI’s) largest public health programme. It consists of two sub-missions: ■ National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), and ■ National Urban He.....

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Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) is Government of India’s (GoI’s) income support scheme, under which all landholding farmers receive up to ₹6,000 per year to supplement their financi.....

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Jal Jeevan Mission

Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) is Government of India’s (GoI’s) rural drinking water programme to provide functional tap connections to every household for drinking, cooking, and other domestic needs on.....

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Food Subsidy and the National Food Security Act

Food Subsidy is provided by the Government of India (GoI) for the supply and distribution of foodgrains and other essential commodities. With the passing of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in.....

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Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman

The National Programme of PM POSHAN, previously known as the National Scheme for Mid-Day Meals in schools (MDM), is a scheme to provide one hot cooked meal in government and government-aided schools......

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Saksham Anganwadi and POSHAN 2.0

In Financial Year (FY) 2021-22, Government of India (GoI) restructured the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), POSHAN (Prime Minister's Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment) Abhiyaan,.....

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Samagra Shiksha

Samagra Shiksha is Government of India’s (GoI’s) school education programme extending from the pre-primary to higher-secondary level. The scheme was launched in April 2018 to ensure equitable and.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

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The Small Significant Steps Toward Fiscal Transparency in Kerala and Karnataka

In my previous blog, I had rued that even when the government makes changes.....

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The Importance of Information Portals for Accountability from a Transparency Campaigner’s Perspective

Having been an intrinsic part of collective efforts to conceive, build and monitor information portals in Rajasthan and Karnataka, not responding to T.R. Raghunandan’.....

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Rakshita Swamy

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Forward Together in spite of Pandemic Uncertainty

As the disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic deepened in 2021, we doubled down on our efforts towards Responsive Governan.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

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Water and Federalism: Working with States for Water Security

This study explores the Union government’s role in influencing and incentivising better Water Resources Management outcomes in the states through the policy, legal, financial, and institutional inst.....

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The Status of Gender Budgeting in India

In 2005, India started releasing a gender budget along with its Union budget. The gender budget is an exercise that applies a gen.....

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Education Is Key To Battling India’s Poverty Challenge

Intergenerational mobility in India is low. Those born poor are likely to stay poor, as inequities are entrenched. Now consider what two years of school closure will have done.....

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Ria Kasliwal

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The False Dawn of IT-enabled Governance Services

Every now and then, across India’s currently dormant urban civil society, there is a buzz that something good is about to happen soon. I was part of one such awakenin.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

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We are Failing Our Children

There is grim news on education. But the silver lining is that the pandemic forced innovation. Build on it .....

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विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Parastatals and Understanding India’s Governance Executive

During some of its training programmes, the Accountability Initiative team begins classes by explaining the structure of India’s governments – the executive facet of it – as distinguished from t.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

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संक्षिप्त – मध्य प्रदेश

यह दस्तावेज़ अकॉउंटबिलिटी इनिशिएटिव (सेंटर फॉर पॉलिसी रिसर्च) द्वारा प्रका.....

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Teaching About the Government and Bureaucracy in India

I like teaching, though I am not trained for it. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed teaching in diverse classrooms, ranging from bureaucrats, to interns working in the government, and even other teache.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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संक्षिप्त - बिहार

यह दस्तावेज़ अकॉउंटबिलिटी इनिशिएटिव (सेंटर फॉर पॉलिसी रिसर्च) द्वारा प्रका.....

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Why Does India Struggle to Battle Hunger?

Food insecurity remains an alarming issue due to entitlement failures. .....

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संक्षिप्त - राजस्थान

यह दस्तावेज़ अकॉउंटबिलिटी इनिशिएटिव (सेंटर फॉर पॉलिसी रिसर्च) द्वारा प्रका.....

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सामाजिक जवाबदेही उपकरणों का एक उदाहरण

सामाजिक जवाबदेही शासन में लोगों की भागीदारी बढ़ाने का एक तरीका है | इसके लिए अ.....

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जवाबदेही और पारदर्शिता के लिए सरकार-नागरिकों की समिति का एक उदाहरण

भारत में सरकार एवं नागरिकों के मध्य जवाबदेही और पारदर्शिता सुनिश्चित करने .....

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A Perspective: The Demise of the Line Department?

‘Why don’t you come over to Kerala House for dinner, Raghunandan?’ I recognised that gravelly voice instantly. Of my many mentors, I fondly remember Mr. V. Ramachandran, the former Chief S.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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POSHAN Maah 2021: 6 Knowledge Offerings Now Available

The Rashtriya POSHAN Maah is a month-long outreach and behaviour change campaign for awareness-raising on nutrition-related issues and causes and consequences of malnut.....

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बिहार में ग्राम स्वच्छता एवं पोषण समिति का एक पहलू ये भी

साफ-सफाई का मूल सिद्धांत है कि अगर 'एक भी गाँव छूटेगा, तो सुरक्षा चक्र टूटे.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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POSHAN Maah 2021: Parliament Roundup on Nutrition

Several questions related to nutrition services for women and children were answered by the Government of India (GoI) during the Monsoon Session of the 17th Lok Sabha (held between July and August 202.....

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Ria Kasliwal

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Building Capacity Towards Responsive Government

Transparency & Accountability Initiative spoke with Avani Kapur (Director of AI) and Avantika Shrivastava (Assistant Director Communications at AI) to explain how AI is dr.....

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Ria Kasliwal

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Lessons from Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Budget Advocacy Experiences in South Asia

This case study covers the use of the PAISA (Planning, Allocations and Expenditures, Institutions Studies in Accountability) approach on the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), India.....

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Ria Kasliwal

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A Novel Attempt to Break the Language Barrier in Research

What are some of the challenges in delivering language of research to the language of people, especially when knowledge is produced in a language different from that of the pe.....

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Ria Kasliwal

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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POSHAN Maah 2021: Janani Suraksha Yojana

The Janani Suraksha Yojana is a conditional cash transfer scheme for reducing maternal and neo-natal mortality by promoting institutional delivery among poor pregnant women. The scheme falls under the.....

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Jenny Susan John

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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The Rules for 'Institutional Euthanasia'

This blog is part of a series unpacking the ‘PAISA for Municipalities' research which analysed urban local b.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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National Nutrition Week 2021: Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana

The Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) is a maternity benefit scheme providing conditional cash transfers to pregnant women and lactating mothers for their first live birth. The scheme delive.....

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Jenny Susan John

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Accountability and Curbing Institutional Fragmentation in Urban Areas

This blog is part of a series unpacking the ‘PAISA for Municipalities' research which analysed urban local b.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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India’s Public Distribution System in the Pandemic

This blog delves into the importance of the Public Distribution System (PDS) during the COVID-19 pandemic, and its functioning.  .....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Will the Investigating Agencies & the Centre Take Notice of the Jharkhand Scam? | The Urban Debate

Avani Kapur participates in The Urban Debate on the recent scholarship scam in Jharkhand that has been unearthed by The Indian Express. .....

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The Citizen and Expenditure Tracking in Urban Areas: Learnings from Tumakuru

This blog is part of a series unpacking the 'PAISA for Municipalities' research which analysed urban local bo.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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Child Protection Services (CPS) Scheme

Even as large parts of government budgets and efforts are directed towards fighting the pandemic, it is important to ensure that children are not overlooked. Critical during this time is going to be e.....

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Health and Welfare Need More Focus Especially Because Of COVID-19

Avani Kapur discusses Budget 2021 the expenditure on health in a pandemic year. .....

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ASHA Workers and Post-Pandemic Work - Instagram Live

In this live discussion with Jhatkaa, Ritwik Shukla, our Senior Research Associate spoke about the challenges of ASHA workers in terms of remuneration, health hazards, and rep.....

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State–Society Synergy at COVID-19’s Invisible Front Lines

The voices of rural residents and front-line officials in India’s villages and small towns are often absent in accounts of the pandemic, which have focused on the crises unfolding in major cities. Y.....

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कोरोना की चुनौती से पार पाने के लिए फ्रंटलाइन वर्करों का मानदेय बढ़ने की दरकार

सेंटर फॉर पॉलिसी रिसर्च ने प्रदेश के सबसे बड़े काँगड़ा जिला के साथ सो.....

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Tumakuru Case Study: Who Else Spends Money in a City Corporation Area?

This blog is part of a series unpacking the 'PAISA for Municipalities' research which analysed urban local bo.....

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‘Our Main Focus is Contact Tracing’

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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Why will Financing of School Education in Bihar be Challenging in 2021?

The government plays a major role in Bihar’s school education system, with 78 per cent of the state’s total school-going children enrolled in government or governme.....

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Primer

संक्षिप्त - महाराष्ट्र

यह दस्तावेज़ अकॉउंटबिलिटी इनिशिएटिव (सेंटर फॉर पॉलिसी रिसर्च) द्वारा प्रका.....

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To Reopen Schools, India Must Go Local

Involve parents; decentralise decision-making; and give schools greater autonomy for expenditure. Local innovation is the path forward. .....

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‘Preschool Activities for Children have Not Taken Place since March 2020’

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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To Know How Many People Have Access To Toilets, Surveyors Must Ask The Right Questions

Sanitation data vary due to the type of questions asked in surveys. Accurate data on sanitation behaviour and toilet use can be captured if surveys ask questions on sanitation.....

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Where is India’s Growth Story At? Indications from Provisional Estimates of GDP

On 31 May 2021, the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) released provisional estimates on the performance of the economy in the fourth quarter (Q4) of the.....

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Lessons from Tumakuru: Where does a City Corporation Spend its Money?

This blog is part of a series unpacking the 'PAISA for Municipalities' research which analysed urban local bo.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Tracking Core Expenditure of the Tumakuru City Corporation in Karnataka

This blog is part of a series unpacking the 'PAISA for Municipalities' research which analysed urban local bo.....

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‘Receiving My Routine Vaccines’

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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Experiences of Rajasthan and HP Frontline Workers During Pandemic

Existing research illustrates that frontline workers faced a high burden of responsibilities even prior to the pandemic, and encountered numerous challenges in areas such as r.....

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Rationalisation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes: Divergence between the 15th Finance Commission and the Union Government

Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSSs) are a critical component of public policy leveraged by the Union government to ensure a minimum welfare standard for all citizens. Th.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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‘People Don’t Want Us to Visit Them’

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महाराष्ट्र की एक पंचायत के कोविड-19 रोकथाम पर प्रयास

महाराष्ट्र में कोरोना की दूसरी लहर के दौरान ग्रामीण इलाकों में संक्रमण काफ.....

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'Got Tested for COVID-19 Twice, Did Not Receive Reports'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Collecting Government Data: A Sinking Feeling in Tumakuru, Karnataka

This blog is part of a series unpacking the ‘PAISA for Municipalities‘ research which analysed urban local.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

Op Eds

Four Lessons the Pandemic has Taught Us on Accountability

The COVID-19 pandemic has left an indelible mark across the world. A global economic crisis now compounds human tragedies. The world is witnessing recessions, increased debt,.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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‘People are Scared that They Won’t Get Adequate Treatment in the Hospital’

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Ideation: Second Edition

In spite of some initial wins, India has seen a massive increase in the number of COVID-19 infections. Media focus is on the country's metropolitans, but it is more than likely that the pandemic will.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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A Dismal Picture of Fiscal Fragmentation in Tumakuru, Karnataka

This blog is part of a series unpacking the ‘PAISA for Municipalities‘ research which analysed urban local.....

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‘People Don’t Know How to Register Online for Vaccinations’

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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State of the States: NITI Report Shows Who’s Rising, Who’s Lagging and the Gap in Between

It’s been five years since the SDG targets were set. But a closer look reveals India is still far away from meeting goals like zero hunger & gender equality by 2030......

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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वैश्विक महामारी से लड़ाई में एक पंचायत के बढ़ते कदम

कोविड-19 की दूसरी लहर ने पूरे देश में एक गंभीर स्थिति पैदा कर दी है | इस मुश्किल .....

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Dinesh Kumar

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GST: End of the Road for Cooperative Federalism

India's grand bargain, once heralded as a new era in cooperative federalism, the Goods and Services tax regime, less than fours years since its adoption, is today the new batt.....

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Dinesh Kumar

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Gig Workers’ Access to Social Security in India

The majority of India’s labour force operates in the informal sector, with the share of informal employment estimated at about 90 per cent in 2018-19, and the share o.....

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Sanaya Sinha

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Why India Needs Village-Level Data To Target Malnutrition In Children

Where are nutrition programmes failing and why? To accurately understand this and for ideas on how to efficiently target the crisis of malnutrition among Indian children, it i.....

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Sanaya Sinha

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‘People from Nearby Urban Areas are Turning Up for Vaccination’

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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‘People Say that this Vaccine is for Vasectomy’

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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COVID-19 and the Disease of Inequality

The second wave will deepen inequality. Expand support to states, universalise PDS, and ramp up MGNREGS now. .....

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'Behaviour of People towards Each Other has Changed'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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Tumakuru Case Study: How is Money Allocated for Urban Area Expenditure?

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

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‘Don’t Think My Child has Learnt Much through Online Classes’

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'Private and Government Hospitals are Completely Occupied; It Is Difficult to Find a Bed'

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‘हम और हमारी सरकार’ ऑनलाइन कोर्स के बारे में अहम बातें

भारत एक विशाल देश है और सभी लोगों तक मूलभूत सेवाएं पहुँचाने के लिए केंद्र एव.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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The Second Wave and the Indian State

The Centre and states are at war, but India urgently needs a coordinated response. It’s not too late. But soon it will be .....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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Countries Are Sending Aid To India — But It's Been Slow To Reach Patients Who Need It

Other countries are donating oxygen to India after hospitals ran out. How quickly can supply chains be fixed, to rush this aid to COVID-19 patients in need? .....

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'मुझे अपनी पहचान बनाने का मौका मिला है'

यह साक्षात्कार कोविड-19 रिसर्च फ़ंडिंग प्रोग्राम 2020 के तहत अज़ीम प्रेमजी वि.....

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‘I Know that My Work, My Profession Is Important to This Country’

This interview was conducted as a part of a research study funded by the Azim Premji University under the COVID-19 Research Funding Programme 2020. The .....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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In a Glance: Research Findings from Study of Frontline Workers in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan

This primer provides a summary of findings and recommendations from a research study carried out in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan with ASHAs, Auxiliary Nurse Midwives, and Anganwadi Workers. .....

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What Municipalities Do: Findings from a Study in Tumakuru Smart City, Karnataka

This blog is part of a series unpacking the ‘PAISA for Municipalities‘ research which analysed urban local.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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The 15th Finance Commission Report: What has Changed on Fund Transfers to States?

On 1 February 2020, the 15th Finance Commission (FC) of India tabled its interim report. B.....

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Meghna Paul

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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Public Finance Management and Data Availability for Nutrition Financing in India

For investments to translate into improved public service delivery, having a strong public finance management (PFM) system that lays out the rules, institutions and processes by which public funds are.....

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सूचना व संचार तकनीक (ICT) पर स्कूलों की निर्भरता

स्कूल शिक्षा के लिए राज्य सरकारों के बजट के साथ भारत सरकार भी शिक्षा योजना क.....

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What Municipalities Do: A Framework for Research

This blog is part of a series unpacking the 'PAISA for Municipalities' research which analysed urban local bod.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. Policy News The im.....

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‘Children Have Forgotten the Basics’

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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The Urban Challenge after a Panchayats Study in Karnataka

This blog is part of a series unpacking the 'PAISA for Municipalities' research which analysed urban local bod.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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The Extent of Government Support for Frontline Workers in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan During the Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, key nutrition and health Frontline Workers (Anganwadi Workers, ASHAs, and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives) found themselves with new roles and re.....

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‘Some Teachers and Students were Found COVID-19 Positive’

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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Sleuthing Urban Local Body Finances

India is fast urbanising; there is no need to use statistics to prove that, they are plentiful and available in granular detail. A Census is due this year, and when the statistics are available, we wi.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. Policy News Under.....

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Understanding Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation, and its Limitations

Why are many countries unable to accelerate their growth and development? This longstanding question, pivotal to the field of economics, continues to defy consensus. A.....

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Tracking Finances under Rashtriya Kishore Swasthya Karyakram

The Rashtriya Kishore Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) is an adolescent health programme within the ambit of the National Health Mission (NHM). This study focusses on the expenditures and fund flows of RK.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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Mapping State Interventions Towards Women and Child Protection in Maharashtra

The report examines interventions addressing violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC) in Maharashtra. It also provides a brief insight into budgetary provisions existing in.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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How Nutrition Frontline Workers Went Above and Beyond During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the last year, Frontline Workers (FLWs) such as Anganwadi Workers (AWWs), Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) have foun.....

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Primer

India's Flagship Sanitation Programme: Swachh Bharat Mission

This explainer provides an update on the changes in policy and budgets for Swachh Bharat Mission - Gramin, the implementation of the scheme during COVID-19, the status of toilet access and usage, and.....

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Sanjana Malhotra

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State Budgets One-Stop Resource 2021

We’ve made it easier for you to access state budgets by compiling the budget documents below. Click on any of the states to see more: Arunachal.....

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. Policy News The Me.....

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'There is Comfort in Knowing that I am Financially Independent'

This interview was conducted as a part of a research study funded by the Azim Premji University under the COVID-19 Research Funding Programme 2020. The .....

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Ideation: A Resource for Policy Ideas

Ideation is a knowledge resource that seeks to offer today's decision-takers and policy shapers, distilled insights from both our work as well as interactions in the public policy and development spac.....

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महामारी से बिहार के लिए सीख

कोरोना महामारी ने सरकार के साथ-साथ हम नागरिकों को भी सोचने पर विवश कर दिया है.....

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Premchand Kumar

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Impact of COVID-19 on Child Vaccinations in India

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of India (GoI) announced a nationwide lockdown from the end of March 2020 till June 2020. Access to public healthca.....

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Jenny Susan John

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Experiences of Frontline Workers in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This study examines the evolving role and experiences of Frontline Workers (FLWs) during and after the nation-wide lockdown in 2020. The findings provide insights into how FLWs shouldered additiona.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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कोरोना के दौरान ग्रामीण क्षेत्र में रोज़गार की व्यवस्था

भारत के ग्रामीण क्षेत्र में रोज़गार के अवसर बढ़ाने के लिए 2006 में MGNREGS (महात्मा ग.....

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Tajuddin Khan

Articles

Delhi Budget 2021: Over 14 Per Cent Allocated To Health, Coronavirus Vaccines Will Continue To Remain Free

Delhi government’s budget outlay of Rs. 69,000 crore for the year 2021-22, extensively focuses on health including the fight against COVID-19 and air pol.....

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Tajuddin Khan

Articles

Delhi’s Per Capita Income Goes Down to ₹3.54 Lakh

Delhi’s per capita income, which has been the second highest in India after Goa’s for several years now, dropped from Rs.3,76,211 in 2019-20 to Rs.3,54,004 in 2020-21.....

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Tajuddin Khan

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Don’t Force ‘EWS Quota till Class 12’ on Private Schools

The Delhi High Court has pulled up the Centre for having delayed implementation of its 2019 order directing the latter to ensure the ‘economically weaker section (.....

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Tajuddin Khan

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. Policy News The Jh.....

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‘Didn’t Care Much because All of Us were Getting the Vaccine Together’

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April 2020 is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of di.....

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महामारी के दौरान ऑनलाइन शिक्षा

कोरोना महामारी ने हर किसी के जीवन को प्रभावित किया है, हालांकि मानव जीवन ने आ.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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How Our Teaching Transformed in the Pandemic

Like the rest of the world, the Learning and Development team at the Accountability Initiative also had to qui.....

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Aamna Ahmad

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Mid-Day Meal Scheme: An Overview of Enrolment under the Scheme and Fund Utilisation

Data from the Mid-Day meal scheme for the last few years indicates that while the enrolment of children under the scheme increased till 2017-18, it has decreased in the last t.....

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Aamna Ahmad

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Primer

Government Perception of Citizen Participation

The panel offered insights on: How the government perceives citizen engagement; The need to listen to diverse perspectives; The use of social media to disseminate.....

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अनौपचारिक श्रमिकों के लिए सामाजिक संरक्षण

कोविड-19 महामारी ने कठिन नीतिगत चुनौतियों को जन्म दिया । इसने भारत की सामाजिक.....

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Workers in a War of Vaccination

Per government estimates, over 1.6 crore panchayat functionaries, community workers and other volunteers have been involved in various pandemic-related duties .....

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Articles

Promise Of Tap Water To All Rural Homes Will Need More Funds: Budget 2021-22

India allocates more funds for water than most South Asian countries, but with its water resources under stress, it needs to spend more on sustainable practices, and do it wit.....

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Why Budget 2021-2022 Should Increase Allocations for Child Health and Nutrition

Apart from allocation of funds, their release, approval and reporting also need to be streamlined. .....

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With Farmers Protests And Covid Crisis, Did Budget 2021 Effectively Address The Agricultural Sector?

With the nation’s coronavirus rush, and arrival of protesting farmers in Delhi, this Financial Year’s Union Budget was presented in the Lok Sabha on Monday under circumsta.....

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight.   Policy News Union Budget 202.....

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RaghuByte's Two Hundredth Blog: More Perspectives on Free Expression

Once again, more than a fortnight passes; an aeon in the unfolding scenario on how we look at the freedom of expression. I ended .....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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Will This Budget Be A Vaccine For Economy?

Experts discuss Union Budget 2021-22 and its impact on the economy. .....

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T.R. Raghunandan

Op Eds

What the Budget Means for India’s Social Sector

With livelihoods, poverty and social safety nets still in a precarious position, the neglect of the social sector will hamper India’s attempt to build a dynamic, resilient a.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

Op Eds

Covid Needed Special Attention to Health but Modi Govt Budget Doesn’t Give a Clear Roadmap

Direct spending via Health Ministry continues to be low. After a 24 per cent increase during the current fiscal, allocations for FY22 fall by 11 per cent. .....

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T.R. Raghunandan

Op Eds

Rural Job Scheme Sidelined; No Push for Nutrition, Health

Minimal budget increases for the social sector but a focus on infrastructure and capital expenditure seem to be the general theme in Budget 2021. .....

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T.R. Raghunandan

Articles

बजट समझने व विश्लेषण में मददगार है कार्यशाला: जांगिड़

इस कार्यशाला का मुख्य उद्देश्य बजट के विभिन्न भागों और प्रक्रियाओ.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

Articles

Despite Pandemic, Health Budget Sees Little Real Increase

Water and sanitation outlays included in the health budget; nutrition outlay actually down. .....

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T.R. Raghunandan

Press Release

यूनियन बजट कार्यशाला

कार्यशाला का मुख्य उद्देश्य बजट के विभिन्न भागों और प्रक्रियाओं को बारीकी .....

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Avantika Shrivastava

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Budget Briefs 2021-22: Trends of Government Schemes

2020 saw unprecedented disruptions in India's public system. As you will see from the new volume of our flagship 'Budget Briefs' series, welf.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is Government of India’s (GoI’s) flagship scheme to provide at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a Financial Year.....

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Jal Jeevan Mission

Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) is Government of India’s (GoI’s) rural drinking water programme to provide functional tap connections to every household for drinking, cooking, and other domestic needs on.....

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Food Subsidy and the National Food Security Act

Food Subsidy is provided by the Government of India (GoI) for the supply and distribution of foodgrains and other essential commodities. The National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013, ensured nutritio.....

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National Health Mission

National Health Mission (NHM) is Government of India's (GoI’s) largest public health programme. It consists of two sub-missions: National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and National Urban Health Missio.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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CRY Webinar Highlights Need for Better Budgets to Improve Nutrition of Children and Women

Ahead of Union Budget 2021, CRY and CBGA held a national webinar to discuss the challenges in improving the nutrition and health of children and women during and beyond the pa.....

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Articles

Budget 2021 Explainer: Healthcare After The Pandemic

This explainer on public health financing in India ahead of Budget2021 delineates the key areas of central and state funding, and explains why this year's budget is especially.....

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COVID-19 Calls for Increased Budget Provisioning for Child Health, Nutrition: Experts

To discuss the critical issues and practical challenges related to spheres of child nutrition and health of children and pregnant and lactating women, during and beyond the CO.....

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Articles

Budget Explainer: How India Funds Public School Education

In 2019-20, India spent Rs 6.43 lakh crore ($88 billion) of public funds on education. How was this money spent? We explain how the government finances public school education.....

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Articles

Budget Byte: Education Scheme 'Samagra Shiksha' Expenditure Fell in 2020

Samagra Shiksha is an integrated centrally sponsored scheme (CSS) focused on pre-school to senior secondary level. Release of funds for the scheme has been slow in 2020. .....

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Articles

Rs 1.3 Lakh Crore – a.k.a. What’s Expected of the Health Budget This Year

At the end of a traumatic year, largely caused by a pandemic, it is indeed to be expected that health expenditure would be a central aspect of the budget to be presented in Fe.....

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Articles

What India's Gender Budgets Have Achieved

While India's gender budgets have succeeded in drawing attention to gender issues, experts say ministries and departments consider them as an aggregation exercise only, and al.....

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Articles

Budget Byte: Public Health & Wellness Centres Saw Huge Turnout in 2020

In 2020, health and wellness centres (HWCs) saw an unprecedented turnout — over three times that in 2018-2019. In some states such as Rajasthan and Maharashtra, footfall wen.....

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Articles

PM-KISAN Sees Higher Spend, But All Welfare Schemes Aren't As Lucky

The central government's COVID-19 response has seen more funds flow towards some of its flagship welfare programmes but less to others. .....

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Poshan Abhiyaan

POSHAN Abhiyaan is Government of India’s (GoI’s) flagship scheme that aims to holistically address the prevalence of malnutrition in India through the use of technology, convergence, behavioural c.....

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Meghna Paul , Avani Kapur

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Samagra Shiksha

Samagra Shiksha - an integrated scheme for school education, is Government of India’s (GoI’s) school education programme extending from pre-school to senior secondary stages. The scheme was launch.....

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Integrated Child Development Services

Integrated Child Development Services is Government of India’s (GoI's) flagship programme aimed at providing basic education, health, and nutrition services for early childhood development. It has n.....

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Ayushman Bharat

Ayushman Bharat, under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), was launched by Government of India (GoI) on 23 September 2018. The programme consists of two initiatives: (1) Th.....

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Mid-Day Meal Scheme

The National Programme of Mid-Day Meals (MDM) in School scheme is Government of India’s (GoI’s) flagship school-based feeding programme aimed at improving the nutritional status of students and pr.....

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Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) is Government of India’s (GoI’s) income support scheme, under which all landholding farmers get up to Rs. 6,000 per year to supplement their financial.....

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Analysis of Fund Flows to Rural Local Bodies

This report presents the findings of a small sample study of 30 Gram Panchayats across eight states namely, Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Rajastha.....

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Devolution of Union Finance Commission to Panchayats

The research focusses on answering the following questions: a) What were the conditions imposed by the Centre in the release and utilisation of the 14th FC grants? b) To what extent have these condi.....

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Articles

The Partial NFHS-5 Data Is Reason Enough for Serious Concern, Urgent Action

Partial results from the National Family Health Survey Round 5 (NFHS-5) released last week draw attention to the crisis of malnutrition in the country. There is an improvement.....

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PAISA for Municipalities

This study aims to understand the nature and compute the size of the local public sector in the Smart City of Tumakuru, in Karnataka State. It makes use of our flagship methodology Planning, Allocatio.....

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Ways to Connect with Us!

Every year we, at Accountability Initiative, publish evidence-based research on government schemes, budgets, and matters related to public administration. We also leverage this research to promote pub.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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The Policy Conundrum of Regulating Free Speech: Can Social Media Platforms Do the Job?

I ended my last blog five weeks back with asking whether, sho.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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‘I Don’t Want to Send My Child to School Right Now’

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of distric.....

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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Public School Education

This brief presents some of the key effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on India’s public school education, focusing specifically on children. It begins with a discussion of the pre-pandemic status of.....

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Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight.   Policy News Central Drugs an.....

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पंचायती राज संस्थाओं का महत्व

पंचायती राज व्यवस्था तथा उसका महत्त्व भारतीय संविधान के 73वें एवं 74वें संशोध.....

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Insights on Civil Society-Local Government Coordination

Last month, the Accountability Initiative hosted a panel discussion on ‘Capacity Building for Better Coordination with the Local Government’, as part of the .....

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Repivoting in a Difficult Year

In 2020, we rapidly responded to a changed situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We did this to build evidence, deepen public debate, and catalyse reforms. With each attempt, we scaled new challenge.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

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A Comprehensive Overview: Defining and Measuring Informality in India's Labour Market

The brief unbundles the global standard definition of informality with respect to the labour market, a concept often considered inexplicit and broad-based. It presents the parameters used to meas.....

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight.   Policy News The 5th National.....

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Press Release

हम और हमारी सरकार की नयी पहल

23 December 2020, नई दिल्ली: 'हम और हमारी सरकार' जो अनुसंधान समूह अकउंटबिलिटी इनिशिएटिव.....

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महामारी के दौरान कुछ मानवीय कहानियाँ

सरकारी कार्यकर्ता एवं कर्मचारी महामारी से लड़ने .....

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‘We Can Work in Any Situation Now’

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of distric.....

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Decoding the Dip in Public Expenditure

Typically, when a crisis hits, the expectation is that the Centre — which has more revenue-raising abilities than states — will take the lead in preparing a fiscal road ma.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Child Nutrition Crisis May Derail India’s Aspirations

It can be tempting to blame every crisis on the Covid-19 pandemic. But quite often, facts get in the way. Many things were bad enough even prior to the onset of the pandemic,.....

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A Hidden Cost: The Pandemic's Impact on Nutrition

This brief provides an overview of the nutrition sector prior to the pandemic, the changes and impact due to the pandemic, and briefly discusses what can be done to get nutrition interventions back on.....

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जवाबदेही के तंत्र को मज़बूत बनाने की आवश्यकता

कोरोना महामारी के दौरान राशन कार्ड का महत्व अत्या.....

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Where Are All The Women In Governance And Public Finance?

For decades, women’s heart attacks have been rampant.....

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Policy Buzz

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Commitment to Action: Ensuring Nutrition Financing in India

While low revenues due to the pandemic may mean substantial funds for nutrition may not be possible, there are still ways to ensure more nutrition for the money. Here’s how......

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Invisible Women in Governance and Public Finance

For decades, women's heart attacks.....

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Sanaya Sinha

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‘Whenever I Go to the Bank, I Am Told that the Machine is Not Functioning’

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of distric.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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How Does One Control Hate Speech and Fake News, without Curbing the Freedom of Expression?

The question of controlling fake news and hate speech without disrupting freedom of expression bears repetition, but that does not get us any closer to the answers......

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T.R. Raghunandan

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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The Freedom of Expression Conundrum

As we go to press, the Kerala Governor, on the advice of the state government has signed an ordinance withdrawing the controversial amendment of the Kerala Police Act by the introduction of a new sect.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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Social Protection for Informal Workers

While the pandemic has thrown up some unprecedented policy challenges, it has also exposed the gaps in India’s social security policies, especially towards the inform.....

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Prakriti Singh

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सावधानी के साथ की लोगों की मदद

कोरोना के इस मुश्किल समय में पंचायत की जिम्मेदारियाँ काफी बढ़ गई हैं | बहुत से.....

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Rakesh Swami

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Rajasthan Plans Electrification of Anganwadis

Rajasthan’s Churu district, which often records the hottest summer at over 50 degrees Celsius and reels under a severe cold wave during winters, may soon see its anganwadi c.....

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Rakesh Swami

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight.   Policy News The Ministry of.....

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How States Drag their Feet on Citizens’ Participation in Urban Governance: A Case Study

In my last blog, I had observed that while the structures for participation in public.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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How Can Grassroots Field Workers Engage with Local Administration Effectively?

This panel, a part of the Future of Governance virtual forum, was an insightful discussion among Dr. Rukmini Banerji from Pratham, Ashif Shaikh from Jan Sahas, Biraj Patnaik from the National Foundati.....

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Anurag Behar of Azim Premji Foundation in conversation with Yamini Aiyar of CPR

In the Future of Governance virtual forum, Yamini Aiyar, Centre for Policy Research and Anurag Behar, Azim Premji Foundation explored how the core pillars of society view the state. They also reflec.....

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महामारी काल में भारत के नौकरशाही की चुनौतियाँ

संकट की घड़ी में नौकरशाही क्या हासिल कर सकती है, और नौकरशाही के काम ना करन.....

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Avantika Shrivastava

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Securing Livelihoods for Migrant Labour and Rural Poor

While economic activities remain muted in the country as a result of the pandemic, livelihood generation and unemployment have become major issues of concern. This is p.....

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Poonam Choudhary

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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Social Security for Informal Workers in India

The brief explores India’s labour market policies on provisioning of social security to informal workers in the unorganised sector......

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Why India Needs to Urgently Ensure Adequate Finances for Mid-Day Meal Scheme

While States were quick to adapt by providing grains or food security allowance (FSA) directly to families, recent studies have shown that the actual provision of nutrition th.....

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कोरोना से लड़ाई में साझी प्रशासनिक भागीदारी

कोरोना के इस मुश्किल समय में पंचायत की जिम्मेदारियाँ काफी बढ़ गई हैं | बहुत से.....

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Anil Baber

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight.   Policy News As part of the .....

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परिवारों में शिक्षा खर्च के मामलों में लड़कों को प्राथमिकता

स्कूली शिक्षा में लैंगिक अंतर को दूर करने के लिए भारत ने एक लम्बा सफर तय किया.....

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'Vaccinations Could Not Happen for Months'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April is a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of distric.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Understanding the Nuts and Bolts of Government Functioning

The first panel in the Future of Governance virtual forum featured Luis Miranda from the Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP), Nikhil Dey from Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan and Poornima Dore .....

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Grantmaking as an Enabler of Citizen-State Engagement

In the Future of Governance virtual forum, we were joined by Sandhya Venkateswaran from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bharath Visweswariah from the Omidyar Network, and Zulfiquar Haider.....

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India’s Pandemic Response

From 31st July to 19th August, we hosted the ‘India’s Pandemic Response’ virtual event to unpack the policy response of the Union and state governments. The aim was to provide a c.....

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Prakriti Singh

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight.   Policy News The National Ski.....

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महामारी के दौरान शिक्षा

हाल ही में 28 सितम्बर 2020 को हमने एक वेबिनार आयोजित किया जिसमे कोविड के दौरान.....

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Vinod Verma

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Building Knowledge for Effective Government Engagement

In the Future of Governance virtual forum, Chakshu Roy, PRS Legislative Research, Anuradha Joshi, Social Scientist, and Srikanth Viswanathan, Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy deliberate.....

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पॉलिसी बझ

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Creating Livelihood for Migrant Labourers: Efforts by UP and Bihar

The pandemic-induced lockdown exposed the extreme vulnerability of casual-wage earners and especially, migrant labourers. Unable to sustain in the cities, many returned.....

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‘No Matter How Centralising Modi Is, He Will Need States’: Yamini Aiyar on Federalism After 2014

The president and chief executive of Centre for Policy Research on the differences between accounting and accountability in the Indian state. .....

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Policy Buzz

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight.   Policy News In Delhi NCR, .....

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The Progress Made in Rural Citizens Participation in Governance

Across the country, a curious pattern emerges when one looks at how legal and process reforms have progressed, with respect to institutionalising the participation of urban citizens in governance. The.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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'Noticing Shortage of Staff'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of distri.....

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राजस्थान पंचायती राज चुनाव - मतदाताओं के लिए निर्देश

राजस्थान पंचायती राज चुनाव में ध्यान रखने वाली कुछ महत्त्वपूर्ण बातें ।.....

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कोरोना काल मे जीविका दीदी का योगदान

कोरोना महामारी के दौरान स्वास्थ्य कर्मियों, सफाई कर्मियों, प्रशासन ने आम ना.....

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Dinesh Kumar

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़: करोनावायरस आधारित चौदहवाँ संस्करण

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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पॉलिसी बझःकोरोना व्हायरस-फोकस चौदावी आवृत्ती

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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Why is Securing Newly-Enrolled Students in Bihar’s Government Schools a Challenge?

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous children from poor migrant families across the country were forced to drop out of school and move back with their parents.....

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The Paradox of Citizens’ Participation in Urban Governance

This blog is part of a series that explores the idea of citizen's participation in urban governance through the Cubbon Park Case Study. Part .....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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A Lookback on 'The Future of Governance' Virtual Forum

The Future of Governance virtual forum is an attempt to spark dialogue on the challenges and prospects of civil society-government collaboration in India. Curated by us and co-hosted with Arth.....

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Policy Buzz: Coronavirus-focus Fourteenth Edition

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. The current edition focusses on the Coronavirus pandemic in India, and t.....

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Swaraj and Urban Governance: Remembering Gandhi

‘India lives in its villages,’ said Gandhi.  And from that observation, as well as many others where he envisioned a futu.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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'Might Need to Call Students in Shifts'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of distri.....

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Increasing Collaboration Between the Government and Civil Society

New Delhi, 1 Oct 2020: The Future of Governance virtual conference curated by us and co-hosted with Arthan, will spark dialogue on collaboration among the Government, Non-Governme.....

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Avantika Shrivastava

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़: संसद आधारित संस्करण

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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How to Confuse Citizens and Escape Accountability: The Cubbon Park Case Study

This blog is part of a series that explores the conceptual underpinnings of decentralisation, and citizen participation. The first part can be found .....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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पॉलिसी बझः संसद-केंद्रीत संस्करण

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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How Should We Read the National Education Policy 2020?

The article looks at the National Education Policy 2020 with a critical perspective and raises some important questions around the promises it makes and the issues it leaves u.....

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In ‘Act of God’, Coercive Not Cooperative Federalism

In bridging the GST gap, the Centre ought to help States through the Consolidated Fund of India .....

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India’s Bureaucratic Challenge in the Post-Pandemic Era

India is a cautionary tale of what bureaucracy can achieve in times of crisis, and how much is at stake for a country when it doesn’t work. .....

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पोषण के प्रयास और राष्ट्रीय पोषण माह के बारे में अहम बातें

भारत, कोविड-19 कोरोना जैसी वैश्विक महामारी से पिछले कई महीनों से ज.....

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Indresh Sharma

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Policy Buzz: Parliament-focus Edition

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. The current edition focusses on the Monsoon session of the Indian Parlia.....

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Citizens’ Participation in Urban Governance: A Dead End?

This blog is part of a series that explores the conceptual underpinnings of decentralisation. The first part can be found .....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़: करोनावायरस आधारित तेरहवां संस्करण

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Boys Still Preferred in Families’ Education Spending Decisions

India has come a long way in bridging the gender gap in school education. Both boys and girls now attend schools more than before (the share of children attending eleme.....

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'Nutrition is Going to be Affected Badly'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of distri.....

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पॉलिसी बझः कोरोना व्हायरस-फोकस तेरावी आवृत्ती

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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Policy Buzz: Coronavirus-focus Thirteenth Edition

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. The current edition focusses on the Coronavirus pandemic in India, and t.....

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'Hot Cooked Meals not being Served'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of distri.....

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Forgotten Children

Children residing in Child Care Institutions (CCIs, commonly known as orphanages) in India have often found themselves to be the forgotten lot, when it comes to support and de.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़: करोनावायरस आधारित बारहवां संस्करण

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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पॉलिसी बझः कोरोना व्हायरस-फोकस बारावी आवृत्ती

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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1920 में हुई महामारी के ज़रिये जागरूकता बढ़ाई

कोरोना के इस मुश्किल समय में पंचायत की जिम्मेदारियाँ काफी बढ़ गई हैं | बहुत से.....

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'Online Education is for Equipped Families, not Poor'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of distri.....

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Why Facial Recognition has Serious Limitations as a Policy Tool

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has received significant interest from the private and public sector in the past few years. NITI Aayog published a .....

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Sanaya Sinha

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महाराष्ट्र: शिक्षा वित्त फैक्टशीट

यह फैक्टशीट महाराष्ट्र में स्कूल शिक्षा पर किए गए व्यय को सारगर्भित तरीके स.....

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Policy Buzz: Coronavirus-focus Twelfth Edition

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. The current edition focusses on the Coronavirus pandemic in India, and t.....

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Primer

हिमाचल प्रदेश: शिक्षा वित्त फैक्टशीट

यह फैक्टशीट हिमाचल प्रदेश में स्कूल शिक्षा पर किए गए व्यय को सारगर्भित तरीक.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़: करोनावायरस आधारित ग्यारहवाँ संस्करण

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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राजस्थान: शिक्षा वित्त फैक्टशीट

यह फैक्टशीट राजस्थान में स्कूल शिक्षा पर किए गए व्यय को सारगर्भित तरीके से प.....

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पॉलिसी बझः कोरोना व्हायरस-फोकस अकरावी आवृत्ती

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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मध्य प्रदेश: शिक्षा वित्त फैक्टशीट

यह फैक्टशीट मध्य प्रदेश में स्कूल शिक्षा पर किए गए व्यय को सारगर्भित तरीके स.....

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20 Million Rural Houses Got Tap Water in 2019; Total at 51 Million

India has 189 million rural households, according to the official data. Till August 16, cumulatively over a four-year period, 51 million households, or 27% of the total, were.....

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Primer

School Education Finances: An Overview of 8 States

In June 2020, Accountability Initiative published a study that provided an in-depth understanding of government school education financing in India. It analysed expenditures acros.....

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बिहार: शिक्षा वित्त फैक्टशीट

यह फैक्टशीट बिहार में स्कूल शिक्षा पर किए गए व्यय को सारगर्भित तरीके से प्रस.....

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In a Glance: Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) is a flagship scheme of the Government of India (GoI) which aims to provide at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a.....

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Vastav Irava

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Does the Decentralisation of Administration Work?

This blog is part of a series that explores the conceptual underpinnings of decentralisation. The fir.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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In a Glance: Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PM-GKAY) is a food security welfare scheme announced by the Government of.....

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Vastav Irava

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India’s Public Insurance Gamble

Dr Jeffrey Hammer has extensively worked on the economics of providing public health services in India. As part of the Ac.....

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Ritwik Shukla

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India's Pandemic Response Event Launch: Life 'Inside Districts'

The Inside Districts series was started by the Accountability Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research to document the oft-overlooked stories of government.....

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India’s Fiscal Response to COVID-19: The Atmanirbhar Bharat Package

In May 2020, the Government of India announced the ₹20 lakh crore Atmanirbhar Bharat econ.....

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Vastav Irava

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COVID के दौरान हिमाचल प्रदेश में आशा और आंगनवाड़ी कार्यकर्ताओं की भूमिका

महामारी और लॉकडाउन के दौरान स्वास्थ्य कर्मी, पुलिस प्रशासन, सफाई कर्मचार.....

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Indresh Sharma

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Policy Buzz: Coronavirus-focus Eleventh Edition

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. The current edition focusses on the Coronavirus pandemic in India, and t.....

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पॉलिसी बझः कोरोना व्हायरस-फोकस दहावी आवृत्ती

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़: करोनावायरस आधारित दसवां संस्करण

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Shaping Ideas on Policy through The Edit

On 1st August 2019, we launched our monthly newsletter - The Edit - to bring you rich insights on India's public welfare system. Each month since then, we've handpicked our best analyses and o.....

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ஒரு மாணவருக்கான கல்விச்செலவு அதிகரித்துள்ளது; ஆனால் அரசு பள்ளிகளில் சேர்க்கை குறைவு: ஆய்வு

In all eight states analysed, teacher salaries made up the largest share of school expenditure but spending on teacher training, which is important to improve learning outc.....

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‘Pulling’ Mobile Governance into the Mainstream

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman .....

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Udit Ranjan

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Policy Buzz: Coronavirus-focus Tenth Edition

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. The current edition focusses on the Coronavirus pandemic in India, and t.....

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School Education Finances during COVID-19

New Delhi, 25 June 2020: The governments have put in place various broadcast and e-learning programmes since the countrywide lockdown. Special emphasis is being given to the continuat.....

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কোভিড-১৯ৰ ফলত কিদৰে দুৰ্বল হৈ পৰিছে ভাৰতৰ পুষ্টিকৰ খাদ্যৰ আঁচনি ?

The article highlights how meeting daily food requirements has become a challenge for a lot of people amid the pandemic. .....

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Worsening State Finances During COVID-19 Require Course Correction

The Union government recently announced a special economic stimulus package of Rs. 20 lakh crore under the Atmanirbar Bharat Abhiyan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] While, among the proposed.....

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पॉलिसी बझः कोरोना व्हायरस-फोकस नववी आवृत्ती

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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In Government Schools, Focus on Quality | HT Editorial

The Covid-19 pandemic has now made the learning challenge more complicated. To ensure that students regain the lost ground, teachers will be critical; investing in their devel.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़: करोनावायरस आधारित नौवां संस्करण

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Decentralisation and Corruption

This blog is part of a series that explores the conceptual underpinnings of decentralisation. The first part can be found .....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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'People have Learnt to Live with Corona'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of distri.....

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School Education Financing Needs Rethink in the Current Fund-Crunch Situation

India’s public school education system is currently confronting multiple challenges. First, the urgency to adapt to ICT-enabled modes of education delivery during the.....

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कोरोना महामारी के चलते भारत का मूलभूत पोषण कार्यक्रम पड़ा कमजोर

पोषण पर कोविड-19 महामारी का प्रभाव आने वाले कई सालों तक महसूस होने वा.....

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Civil Organisations at the Grassroots Must be Supported on their COVID-19 Efforts

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March and the subsequent lockdowns, millions of lives have been thrown out of gear. At this time, larger civil society organisation.....

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Aamna Ahmad

Op Eds

How COVID-19 Has Made India’s Foundational Nutrition Programme Weaker

The COVID-19 pandemic has hugely affected the Indian government's nutrition programmes making groups like pregnant women and infants suffer the most. In this article the assoc.....

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Aamna Ahmad

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Enrolment Fell in Government Schools in 2017-18, Says Study

At the elementary level, poor quality of learning in government schools, teacher vacancies and absenteeism, quality of infrastructure facilities, and low transition rates to s.....

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Aamna Ahmad

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Policy Buzz: Coronavirus-focus Ninth Edition

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. The current edition focusses on the Coronavirus pandemic in India, and t.....

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Increase in Responsibilities with Lifting of Lockdown

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of district and Block-level officials, panchayat functionaries and frontline workers, on.....

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Mapping State Interventions Towards Women and Child Protection in Maharashtra

This study examined interventions addressing violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC) in Maharashtra. The study, conducted between August 2018 and October 2019, analyses budget.....

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Spending Per Student Increased But Enrollment Fell In Govt Schools: Study

In all eight states analysed, teacher salaries made up the largest share of school expenditure but spending on teacher training, which is important to improve learning outco.....

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महिला मुखिया के प्रयास

कोरोना महामारी की वजह से आये दिन हमें नयी चुनौतियों का सामना करना पड़ रहा ह.....

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Innovating on Public Communications during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A strategic decision on investing in a vision (what I call an ‘.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़: करोनावायरस आधारित आठवां संस्करण

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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'No Insurance for COVID-related work'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of district and Block-level officials, panchayat functionaries and frontline workers, on.....

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पॉलिसी बझः कोरोना व्हायरस-फोकस आठवी आवृत्ती

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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Financing Nutrition in India: Cost Implications of the Nutrition Policy Landscape in 2019-20

Researchers at the Accountability Initiative, Centre for Policy Research and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have published a .....

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Financing Nutrition in India: Cost Implications of the Nutrition Policy Landscape 2019-20

India should have spent at least ₹38,571 crore in 2019-20, across Union government ministries and State government departments to fully finance a set of core direct nutrition interventions (DNIs), a.....

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Precarious States

States are desperately attempting never-tried-before measures to stay afloat .....

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Policy Buzz: Coronavirus-focus Eighth Edition

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. The current edition focusses on the Coronavirus pandemic in India, and t.....

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Association between Public Investment in Education and Learning

Public school education in India is funded through both Union government as well as the states’ own budgetary resources. The erstwhile Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) had.....

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Challenging to Juggle COVID-19 Response and Regular Job

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of district and Block-level officials, panchayat functionaries and frontline workers, on.....

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पॉलिसी बझः कोरोना व्हायरस-फोकस सातवी आवृत्ती

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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कोरोना काल में उम्मीद की किरण देने वाली महिलाएं

आज-कल बुरी खबर तो बहुत पढ़ने को मिलती हैं, लेकिन इस वक़्त में भी लोगों की सहनश.....

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Swapna Ramteke

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़: करोनावायरस आधारित सातवाँ संस्करण

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दिन .....

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Is Decentralisation Relevant for the Future?

In a powerful and elegant paper written in the mid-nineties, titled, bluntly, ‘The Dangers of Decentralisation’, Remy Prud’homme made a strong case to be conserva.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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State Education Finances: A Deep-Dive into School Education Finances in Eight States

This study is an attempt to provide an in-depth understanding of school education financing in India through an analysis of expenditures incurred across eight states from FY 2014-15 to FY 2017-18......

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चंद महीनों में दूर नहीं होगी राजकोषीय कमज़ोरी

जैसे-जैसे कोविड-19 देश में अपने पैर पसार रहा है, इस महामारी से लड़ने क.....

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Policy Buzz: Coronavirus-focus Seventh Edition

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. The current edition focusses on the Coronavirus pandemic in India, and t.....

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COVID-19 Response: Focus on ICT-based Education Delivery Raises Question of Accessibility

The four phases of the COVID-19-induced lockdown abruptly closed schools to curb the pandemic. Consequently, given the prospect that children will not return to schools.....

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Number of People Coming to Govt Hospital has Increased: Health Supervisor in Himachal Pradesh

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of district and Block-level officials, panchayat functionaries and frontline workers, on.....

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As the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana Evolves, Some Challenges Remain Rooted

On 21 May 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated the ten.....

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Ritwik Shukla

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COVID-19 Exacerbated Tendency to Centralise: Director, Accountability Initiative

The 10-minute video is part of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's 'Coronavignette' series, and was first published .....

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The Dangers of Decentralisation

Sometimes, the struggle to argue against something that one has stood by for a long time, is a painful one. And so has it been for me, ever since a colleague asked me t.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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Calling a Doctor Only During Emergency Deliveries: ANM in Bihar

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of district and Block-level officials, panchayat functionaries and frontline workers, on.....

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Learning Public Policy Design in the Times of Coronavirus

On 30th April and 1st May, we conducted a 2-day workshop with the National Academy of Audit and Accounts (NAAA). This was a first for us, in the sense that we adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by imple.....

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Rajika Seth

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Received a Day's Training on Coronavirus: Panchayat Secretary in Maharashtra

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of district and Block-level officials, panchayat functionaries and frontline workers, on.....

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पॉलिसी बझः कोरोना व्हायरस-फोकस सहावी आवृत्ती

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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Policy Buzz: Coronavirus-focus Sixth Edition

Keep up-to-date with all that is happening in welfare policy with this curated selection of news, published every fortnight. The current edition focusses on the Coronavirus pandemic in India, and t.....

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'People are Apprehensive on Routine Immunisations'

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of district and Block-level officials, panchayat functionaries and frontline workers, on.....

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Op Eds

Documenting the Story of India’s Migrant Distress

Eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are home to some of India’s poorest people. The crisis has hit them hard. .....

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Whither, Local Governments, in the Pandemic?

I had written a few weeks back that the lockdowns ordered.....

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T.R. Raghunandan

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How to Design Nutrition Financing

In recent years, we have seen positive developments in policy, funding and outcomes on child nutrition in India. Now, when the Covid-19 pandemic has placed a significant strain on our already vulnerab.....

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Avani Kapur

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Inside Districts: Experience of a Doctor Working in a Coronavirus Ward

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of district and Block-level officials, panchayat functionaries and frontline workers, on.....

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COVID-19 Response: Why Repackaged Health Spending Promises Offer Nothing New

Breaking the silence on specific measures to increase health expenditure and infrastructure on 17th May, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made health one of the key.....

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As people arrive from outside the state, the focus is on preventing COVID-19's spread: Medical Officer in HP

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of district and Block-level officials, panchayat functionaries and frontline workers, on.....

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Financing Nutrition in India: Considering the Cost Implications

The nutrition financing community in India is engaged in efforts to strengthen actions for adequate financing for nutrition. On 2.....

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पॉलिसी बज़्ज़: करोनावायरस आधारित पांचवा संस्करण

विभिन्न कल्याणकारी योजनाओं में क्या घटित हो रहा है, इसको लेकर आपको हर 15 दि.....

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Carrying Out Both COVID-19 and Pre-Pandemic Tasks: ASHA in Himachal Pradesh

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of district and Block-level officials, panchayat functionaries and frontline workers, on.....

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पॉलिसी बझः कोरोना व्हायरस-फोकस पाचवी आवृत्ती

कल्याणकारी धोरणात जे घडत आहे त्या प्रत्येक पंधरवड्यात प्रकाशित झालेल्य.....

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Work Remains Unchanged but the Risk has Increased: Auxiliary Nurse Midwife in Maharashtra

The ‘Inside Districts’ series launched in April was a one-of-its-kind attempt to capture the experiences of district and Block-level officials, panchayat functionaries and frontline workers, on.....

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Adequate Financing Options Key to How States Respond to COVID-19

State finances were under stress even prior to the COVID-19 crisis and the pandemic has resulted in a further hit to their revenue earnings. .....

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