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Federal financing of health: Implications for capacity and priority

This article is authored by Avani Kapur, Ritwik Shukla, Sharad Pandey, CPR and Indranil Mukhopadhyay, Janak Raj, Prajakta Shukla, & Sandhya Venkateswaran, CSEP.

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Viksit Bharat vs Garib Kalyan, a balancing act

Garib Kalyan today remains aligned to political opportunism rather than a robust substantive welfare commitment.

People watch the live telecast of the interim budget 2024 by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, at a showroom in Gurugram, on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Feb 01, 2024 10:23 PM IST

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 and equitable social welfare architecture.

The much-neglected Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) was the first to be tapped to provide employment to millions of migrant workers returning to their native states (ANI)
Updated on Feb 03, 2021 07:06 AM IST
ByAvani Kapur

Decoding the dip in public expenditure

Despite enhanced commitments across spheres, the government has spent less this year than it did last year

While additional allocations of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>40,000 crore have been made for the MGNREGS, and this is a welcome step, the scheme is still struggling to meet current demand(ANI)
Updated on Dec 20, 2020 07:42 PM IST
ByAvani Kapur and Sharad Pandey

Indian states are short of money. They need help | Opinion

Changes of the past six years had put their finances in a precarious position. The current measures aren’t enough

Stranded migrant workers queue to collect health certificates, Pune, May 6, 2020(Ravindra Joshi/HTPhoto)
Updated on May 17, 2020 06:48 PM IST
ByAvani Kapur and Udit Ranjan

Post Covid-19, India needs increased focus on air quality

The coronavirus crisis necessitates making health and social protection a priority. But we must not lose momentum on the strides made in tackling air pollution

The coronavirus crisis necessitates making health and social protection a priority. But, we must not lose momentum on the strides made in tackling air pollution(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 22, 2020 02:04 PM IST
ByAvani Kapur and Santosh Harish

Rural India reels under economic slump

Currently, two of the Government of India’s (GoI) largest schemes focussed on reviving the rural economy have been the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN).

Agricultural labourers engaged in grading and separation activities at an onion farm at Lasalgaon in Mumbai on December 5, 2019.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 01, 2020 06:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAvani Kapur, Meghna Paul, Vastav Irava

Will children get attention in budget?

The latest National Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Policy that focussed on children under 6 was in 2013.

With the recent impetus to schemes for ensuring nutrition and reduction in the mortality rate of children under 5 (from 59 per 1000 live births in 2000 to 39 in 2016), the total number of children in this age group is likely to increase in Census 2021.(HT Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2020 03:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAvani Kapur and Mridusmita Bordoloi
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