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Economy Watch – Aadhar , PDS and the Unavailability of Internet


India’s Public Distribution System (PDS) has improved steadily during the last 10 years. The system used to be most ineffective and corruption-ridden, with leakages of around 50 per cent at the national level, going up to 80 or 90 per cent in some States. Around 2007, Chhattisgarh took the lead in reforming the PDS — making it more inclusive, methodical and transparent. Within a few years, the system was overhauled. Today, most rural households in Chhattisgarh have a ration card, and are able to secure their entitlements (typically 7 kg of rice per person per month) on time every month. The [...]

Economy Watch – Aadhar , PDS and the Unavailability of Internet2017-02-13T23:27:03+05:30

Daily Current Events – 12,13,14 & 15 Sep 2016


Free power for farmers fuelling water crisis Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Anil Dave, linked the rampant extraction of groundwater to the free electricity supplied to farmers and mooted a fresh approach towards rivers and water bodies to impose discipline on water consumption. The Minister backed a call for stronger ground water management regulations made by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, who said free electricity has made people drill deeper to get water for irrigation and is turning large parts of States such as Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana barren. […]

Daily Current Events – 12,13,14 & 15 Sep 20162017-02-13T23:27:35+05:30