The inclusion bandwagon is on the move. And in a world that is getting smaller by the day, it is information technology that is playing a critical role in bringing the marginalised into the mainstream.
The Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill 2007 represents a major paradigm shift in the process of acquisition of land. However, this shift will remain incomplete till so long as the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) are not actively associated with the process of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation at its every stage.
To achieve the promise of the Internet era, interoperability is an absolute essential. Interoperability between products is required to reduce complexity for customers and allow them to focus on creating strategic advantage rather than solving the issues that arise when information technology systems don’t work together well. They can share data between disparate data sources and multiple applications.
Inflation the world over has few friends, but it certainly has none amongst the urban poor. For, while the countryside may get some returns from spiralling food prices – it is the intermediaries who reap the harvest – that result from inflation, the urban poor have only to pay more, coming as they do at the end of the food chain.
In more than 1,000 milk collection centres in Anand district of Gujarat, women take the milk to a weighbridge, the fat quantity is assessed and payment immediately calculated. Middlemen have been effectively sidelined.
irca July 2008: In a path-breaking move the Union Government allows select private players to manage public pension funds.
NABARD in 1995 launched a development initiative in parts of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Financed by a German government bank, this
initiative came to be known as the Wadi project and was spread over 251 villages. This area of Gujarat where NABARD ran the programme has now been
converted into a Wadi, which means a small orchard.
Winds of change have started to creep in India’s insurance sector with more and more companies revisiting their client and product portfolios to cater to the hitherto untapped rural population. This move towards ‘inclusive insurance’ is not just driven by social compulsion, but by the realisation that there is a huge area of ‘unmet demand’ for insurance products in the country.
Radha Devi, of Malmatha village in Dungarpur district in Rajasthan is a busy woman. She weighs two kilos of rice for a customer, gives a packet of salt to another and hands a toffee to a small girl who has come to buy a matchbox.
As you leave the city and start travelling in the hinterland of the Indian countryside, you’ll realise one thing if you observe a little closely the habitations you pass through. It is the lack of banks; a large part of rural India remains unbanked. Now just think: