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Socio Economic Caste Census

A survey to identify who the poor are and how many are actually poor is necessary if programmes and benefits targeted at the needy are to reach them. The Socio Economic and Caste Census, of which partial results have been published, was intended to do this. Yet, even a cursory look at the figures indicates that they call for a willing suspension of disbelief.

Neglect of Children under Six

The following is an open letter to prime minister Manmohan Singh: We are writing to express our deep concern about the neglect of children under six in the Union Budget 2007-08. You may remember meeting some of us on December 19 last year (just after “Bal Adhikar Samvad”), when we discussed the...

How Have the Poor Done?

Despite the good performance on the growth front, progress in reducing poverty in the 1990s has left much to be desired. Concerted policy action is needed to lift the 350 million poor, increasingly concentrated in the poorer states, out of poverty. This requires not so much additional resources - which would only result in further leakages and swelling of the already bloated bureaucracy - as better policies and sound delivery mechanisms. The focus needs to shift from maximising the quantity of development funding to maximising of development outcomes and effectiveness of public service delivery.
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