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The SRS Data on Early Childhood Mortality in India

Researchers have evaluated the quality of Sample Registration System data in the past and found errors in the estimated under-fi ve mortality rate. Discrepancies were observed in the age-specifi c death rates at ages 0–1 and infant mortality rate for India and state published by the Offi ce of the Registrar General of India in the SRS statistical report for 2018 and it was found that the published IMR and U5MR in the statistical report of many of the states are substantially different from the estimated IMR and U5MR in the life table constructed from the ASDRs published by the ORGI. Such errors are likely to incorrectly measure mortality gaps across population subgroups, for example, gender.

There Is a Glaring Gender Bias in Death Registrations in India

In the absence of a reliable Civil Registration System in India, the sample registration system, beginning in 1970, has been the only source of information that allows us to track the Sustainable Development Goals, calculate the human development index, and measure sex ratios. Since 2001, however, there has been no attempt to examine the quality of the sample registration system. In this context, the present article carries out such an exercise and finds that there was an undercounting of deaths in India by around 4.3% for males and 11.3% for females during 2001 – 10.

Understanding the Distribution of BPL Cards: All-India and Selected States

Using the recent National Family and Health Survey-3 data, this paper examines the distribution of below poverty line cards. The possession of bpl cards by the households in various economic and social settings index is analysed. The findings suggest that about two-fifths of the bpl cards in India are with the non-poor households. On the other hand, in many of the states a majority of households in abject deprived groups do not possess a bpl card. The extent of misuse is higher in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, while it is lower in Tamil Nadu. In economically weaker states like Orissa and Bihar, a higher proportion of non-poor households possess a bpl card.
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