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As and when vaccines are found to be safe and effective, countries will need to activate detailed plans to efficiently deploy the initial tranches of Covid-19 vaccines to cover up to 20% of the most vulnerable of their population, and to carry out coordinated and equitable deployments thereafter.(REUTERS)

The equitable and efficient deployment of vaccines

By Poonam Khetrapal Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 07:42 PM IST
Complacency must not set in. Although vaccine manufacturing has already started, reaching sufficient availability will take time. In a crisis such as this, there are no silver bullets
The days of people standing in long queues at health facilities carrying multiple medical reports will become a thing of the past in this digital- and patient-friendly ecosystem, empowered by world-class technologies(AFP)
The days of people standing in long queues at health facilities carrying multiple medical reports will become a thing of the past in this digital- and patient-friendly ecosystem, empowered by world-class technologies(AFP)

NDHM will radically transform health care

By Amitabh Kant
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 06:21 AM IST
The creation of a digital health identity card will help patients, without compromising on their privacy

Podcast: Amitabh Behar on How Coronavirus Aggravates Inequality in India

By Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2020 07:46 AM IST
Covid-19 has wrought so much fresh destruction but it also has the potential to exacerbate pre-existing inequalities in Indian society
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Diagnostic centres to be set up in civil hospitals in Punjab under PPP mode

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Ravinder Vasudeva, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2020 10:00 PM IST
Policy being framed to invite private players to provide diagnostic facilities to patients inside hospital premises; government will regulate prices of tests at these centres, says health minister
Governance needs quality, granular, city-level data. Come up with a decadal plan(HT PHOTO)
Governance needs quality, granular, city-level data. Come up with a decadal plan(HT PHOTO)

The other data challenge: Measuring life in a metro

By Harshita Agrawal, Harsh Vardhan Pachisia, and Kadambari Shah
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2020 07:07 PM IST
We need to know how many people enter cities, where they live, how they travel, and what they do for a living
For instance, while SBM produced rapid gains in access to toilet facilities, latrines do not mean safe management of wastewater, and they don’t enable reuse of waste water because the majority of urban and rural households depend on on-site sanitation systems.(Manoj Dhaka/HindustanTimes)
For instance, while SBM produced rapid gains in access to toilet facilities, latrines do not mean safe management of wastewater, and they don’t enable reuse of waste water because the majority of urban and rural households depend on on-site sanitation systems.(Manoj Dhaka/HindustanTimes)

To achieve water and sanitation security, learn from earlier programmes

By Shubhagato Dasgupta, Anindita Mukherjee and Neha Agarwal
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 07:55 PM IST
A recent study by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), ‘Unearthed – Facts of On-Site Sanitation in Urban India (2019) finds in a survey of 10 cities that less than 2% of these comply with the governing technical standards, posing a potential risk to existing water supplies.
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With over 5,000 vacant posts, work at PSPCL central affected in Ludhiana

By HT Correspondent, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON OCT 14, 2019 09:53 PM IST
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Now, apply online for fire safety NOC in Chandigarh

By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 12:36 AM IST
On the demand side, while tenants who have been fortunate to get rent control apartments enjoy the benefits, many more low-income households find it hard to find affordable rental housing in the formal sector and have to live in slums(Hindustan Times)
On the demand side, while tenants who have been fortunate to get rent control apartments enjoy the benefits, many more low-income households find it hard to find affordable rental housing in the formal sector and have to live in slums(Hindustan Times)

Urban governance requires the Centre to initiate reforms

By Sahil Gandhi
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2019 07:59 PM IST
The new government needs to be willing to undertake various policy priorities these for the sake of ensuring a smooth urban transition
SARAL centres located in Manesar, Farrukh Nagar, and Sohna blocks had shown good performance except for Pataudi.(HT Photo)
SARAL centres located in Manesar, Farrukh Nagar, and Sohna blocks had shown good performance except for Pataudi.(HT Photo)

Government department fail to ensure timely service delivery, finds review

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2019 03:13 AM IST
The departments are scored, through an internal rating mechanism, on timely addressal of applications and delivery of service under the Right to Service (RTS) Act.
Indian democracy provides “expressive utility” to voters by allowing political preferences to be expressed, and the courts and civil society provide some protection against government overreach. But, it has not delivered enough in making leaders and officials accountable for performance(Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Indian democracy provides “expressive utility” to voters by allowing political preferences to be expressed, and the courts and civil society provide some protection against government overreach. But, it has not delivered enough in making leaders and officials accountable for performance(Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Learning governance lessons from China

By Karthik Muralidharan
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2019 08:34 PM IST
While we are rightly proud of our democracy, there is much to introspect and learn from how the Chinese State has created accountable administrative structures that have delivered meaningfully better outcomes for its citizens
From the moment an incident of violence takes place, there must be quick, efficient and non-judgmental responses.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
From the moment an incident of violence takes place, there must be quick, efficient and non-judgmental responses.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Women’s voice in politics a must in run-up to elections

By Kalpana Viswanath
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2019 09:03 AM IST
While there was some engagement with the issue in 2014, the run up to the 2019 elections has seen a total disengagement with any gender issues regarding safety or rights.
The number of calls received by the child helpline number during the last four years has increased more than three-fold, the Lok Sabha was told.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo/ Representative Image)
The number of calls received by the child helpline number during the last four years has increased more than three-fold, the Lok Sabha was told.(Raj K Raj/HT Photo/ Representative Image)

Calls received on child helpline increased 3-fold in last 4 years: Women and child development ministry

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2019 11:58 PM IST
Minister of State for Women and Child Development Virendra Kumar said CHILDLINE (1098) had answered 38,22,081 calls in the year 2013-14 which increased to 1,15,59,750 calls in the year 2017-18.
To improve programme implementation, we worked with the Telangana government to call over 20,000 Rythu Bandhu Scheme beneficiaries in a two-week span and ask a few basic questions: whether and when the beneficiaries received their cheque, cashed it, and whether they had to pay a bribe.(HT)
To improve programme implementation, we worked with the Telangana government to call over 20,000 Rythu Bandhu Scheme beneficiaries in a two-week span and ask a few basic questions: whether and when the beneficiaries received their cheque, cashed it, and whether they had to pay a bribe.(HT)

Use mobiles to improve governance

By Karthik Muralidharan, Paul Niehaus, Sandip Sukhtankar and Jeff Weaver
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2018 11:06 AM IST
India is already a leader in providing call centre services for the world. Why not leverage this powerful tool to improve governance at home?
The report, released on Thursday, states 92,329 complaints were filed last year, of which more than 75,000 were closed.(FILE)
The report, released on Thursday, states 92,329 complaints were filed last year, of which more than 75,000 were closed.(FILE)

Mumbai civic body takes 48 days to resolve citizens’ complaints: Praja report

Hindustan Times | By Sagar Pillai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2018 10:01 AM IST
The report, released on Thursday, states 92,329 complaints were filed last year, of which more than 75,000 were closed
Fortis Hospital in Noida photographed by Ramesh Pathania on 13th August 2012.(Ramesh Pathania/ Mint)
Fortis Hospital in Noida photographed by Ramesh Pathania on 13th August 2012.(Ramesh Pathania/ Mint)

It’s a deal: Fortis Healthcare to sell its hospital business to Manipal-TPG Capital

Amrit Raj and Deborshi Chaki, Livemint | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2018 04:50 PM IST
The combined entity will become the largest hospital chain in terms of number of beds (around 11,000 against current leader Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd’s 4,550).
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