Rejuvenating Rural Health Systems

Since the launch of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in 2005 India has significantly improved its key health outcomes - notably in child survival, maternal mortality, immunisation, and population stabilisation. However we may still not be able to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in health by 2015.

Microfinance Agenda for Tomorrow

The struggle for a dignified life and against extreme poverty is still the most important challenge for mankind. 4 billion people in the world live in poverty. Despite recent improvements, around 980 million people - more than 6th of world's population - have to survive on less than 1 dollar a day. Poverty is the reason that 77 million children do not receive any primary education. Women still have significantly fewer opportunities to pursue personal freedom and live a self-determined life than men.

Priority Sector Lending by Banks: Myths and Realities

Let us assume that we have a rational banking system devoid of all controls by the central banking authority. For achieving optimum profitability, banks would require access to funds, good quality staff with high productivity levels and equipped with the best of computerised systems to reduce drudgery for the staff and lower high operational costs and then finally, banks had operational freedom to ensure that credit intermediation costs are low and also allocation efficiency so that scarce financial resources are directed to the desired sectors and areas of the economy that are most productive and efficient.

Towards Removal of Rural Poverty Context and Rural Landscape

I personally believe that the living conditions of the rural poor receive very little attention. Problems of poor people in rural areas need to be given more space in public discourse. MGNREGA has enabled both livelihood security and social development. Issues of delay in payment of wages and lack of adequate technical staff remain. Increased focus is also necessary on creation of durable and quality assets through sustained convergence with other government programmes and schemes.

A Budget for Rural India

This budget is not about financial markets, not about reforms, not about kick- starting the economy and is also not about banking reforms and what have you. This is a solid budget for Rural India and if the rural economy is safe, India's economic growth is not in doubt. This budget is aimed largely at Rural India and we need to look at it from a rural perspective and it begins to make sound economic sense. There are a whole lot of goodies for the rural sector, analyses K G Karmakar

New Land Acquisition Act 2013: Ensuring inclusive growth in India

Ushering in of new land acquisition norms have opened up new vistas of growth. Its time that government and public sector entities put together their perspective development planning detailing their long-term strategies for future infrastruture growth...

Disaster Management & Disaster Recovery

In today's increasingly computerised world, critical operational services are totally dependent on...

Bumper Wheat Harvest

India's food security depends to a great extent on the output of wheat and rice. These two crops together made up nearly 80 per cent of the total foodgrain production in 2009-10; coarse cereals constituted the remainder. The area under coarse cereals has steadily declined over the years even though their yield has improved. Coarse cereals have high nutritional value...

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