The allocations for various environment protection schemes have either remained stagnant or declined from previous years in Budget 2018.
He is a freelance journalist who has been involved with several social movements and initiatives.
While some ambitious schemes have been announced, there is no clarity on where the money for them will come from.
After a disappointing run under the Modi government so far, a significant increase in social sector allocations and their proper utilisation is the need of the day.
The extreme under-utilisation of funds that accrue from various cesses indicate either gross inefficiencies or a lack of sincere concern.
New research shows the resilience and strength of tribal food systems.
“Apart from the high taxation rate, what is creating a lot of problems is that people in the trade are unable to understand the working of the new system.”
India currently lacks comprehensive estimates of all occupational accidents, fatalities and injuries that occur across industrial sectors.
A firm promoter of Hindu-Muslim unity, Amba Prasad fought the colonial powers through his writings and was even arrested several times for exposing the injustices of colonial rule.
Involving the weaker sections in finding farming methods that work in conditions of floods and water-logging goes a long way in renewing livelihoods.
The much-touted increase in budgetary allocations to states has been offset by less talked about decreases on other counts.
The data on which rivers are running low and which are carrying surpluses is not publicly available. There is also no conceptual clarity of the indicators needed for defining ‘deficit’ and ‘surplus’.
Agriculture officials and experts are voicing strong criticism of the government’s farm policy and its performance.
Through their work, farmers in Odisha’s Nuapara district are showing the need for eco-friendly agriculture and self-reliance in rural farming communities.
Despite weather related and other difficulties, some Vidarbha farmers are hopeful for a better future thanks to the results of their small-scale initiatives.
Recognising different kinds of floods helps in understanding the various factors and forces at work, based on which remedial steps can be taken.
According to an index developed by Oxfam and Development Finance International, six South Asian countries rank in the bottom 20 in terms of addressing inequalities.
In Madhya Pradesh, where the scale of displacement is highest, the government has gone back on its previous promises of adequate rehabilitation.
Criticism of Modi’s Economic Policies Within the Sangh Parivar Can Be Both Stringent and Wide-Ranging
From genetically modified crops to job and employment policies, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch has vocally opposed the Modi government’s decisions.
The economic wing of the Sangh parivar has been an important voice in raising concerns over how India’s Goods and Services Tax will hurt the informal economy.
Scientist R.H. Richharia’s research showed that several indigenous rice varieties gave high yields without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
According to government data, the rate of increase of farm yields for many crops was higher in the pre-green revolution period when compared to later years.
Over the last two years, actual and budgeted expenditure for the programme has fallen far short of the announced average expenditure of Rs 10,000 crore every year.
Relentless deforestation, indiscriminate mining and construction activities have contributed to the rising death toll.
The loss of livelihood and ecological devastation that followed the expansion of a part of the Kalka-Shimla highway can be prevented if local communities, workers and authorities work in co-operation with each other on such projects.
The long-term environmental damage that highly-destructive weapons cause persists for years and impacts different life forms.
Several villagers in three hamlets of rural Bundelkhand have claimed they are being denied wages for work done as long as a year ago.
The acute water shortage and the absence of any conservation practices in the region have led to several dairy and farm animals dying in the past months.
Without functioning hand pumps or any government intervention, villagers are being forced to drink contaminated water, exposing them to skin infections and diseases.
Celebrating 100 Years of the Champaran Struggle Won’t Erase the Plight of the Region’s Peasants and Workers
Even as the region marks 100 years of the iconic freedom struggle, peasants and workers are still being denied access to land that is rightfully theirs.
The first living Westerner to be named the ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ by the Asian Awards has been living and working in Kolkata for decades – silently improving the lives of many of the city’s poorest residents.
A number of health and education schemes aimed at some of India’s most vulnerable groups have been slashed in this year’s budget estimates. Why?
After the government cancelled certain cesses that were meant for labourers’ welfare in preparation for the GST, activists suspect that many such moves may be around the corner.
The government claims to have improved urban development, with a multiplicity of schemes to address a number of issues. But the numbers tell a different story.
Although it is his role as a freedom fighter which is often discussed, Vidyarthi’s concern for communal harmony, an issue he repeatedly took up in his newspaper, must also be remembered.
Had the movement been launched, it would have strengthened the wider unity of the party and the revolutionaries, and inspired thousands of people to join the freedom struggle.
As the state gears up to present its 2017-18 budget, utilisation of funds in 2016-17 has been below 15% in some “high-priority” areas.
Mangal Singh continues to display the potential to install many of his turbines, which can lead to a useful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as well as costs.
There is an intensified need for the state to provide adequate, regular pensions for the elderly.
The Budget is passed by parliament on the basis of certain allocations for critical areas. How, then, can these allocations be drastically changed without parliamentary approval?
While media focus continues to be on low allocations, what slips past unnoticed is that even those amounts aren’t lived up to.