The purpose of this section is to make available to the readers official documents such as reports of committees, commissions, working groups, task forces, etc., appointed by various ministries, departments, agencies of central and state governments and international organisations, which are not readily accessible either because they are old, or because of the usual problems […]
This paper examines the impact of both productive and unproductive public expenditure on economic growth of two Asian giants, namely, India and China during the period 1980 to 2004. The unwarranted rise of military expenditure in south Asian sub-continent, particularly in India and China, and the creeping decline of public expenditure on education encourage us […]
The Bonded Labour System Abolition Act, 1976, sets the conceptual and administrative boundaries of bonded labour. The Paper looks into how these boundaries were defined, by examining the political economy of the international and the Indian definitions. The Indian definition of bonded labour is drawn from the international definitions of slavery and forced labour, as […]
India is endowed with annual average rainfall of nearly 1,200 mm but a very small proportion of it is managed effectively. The various estimates on potential for rainwater harvesting suggest vast opportunities for mitigating the shortages. However, the socio-administrative measures in vogue do not encourage participation by the beneficiaries. Read More.
The National Food for Work Programme (NFFWP), launched in 2004, identified 150 backward districts, where employment guarantee scheme was to get started. The 150 districts were identified by the Planning Commission on the basis of three criteria, Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) population, agricultural productivity per worker, and agricultural wage rate in the district. Read […]
This brief paper traces the changes in the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers since 1991 till May 2008, and draws attention to the fact that the inflation during the last two and half years has not been as high as in most of the years in the 1990s, nor has it been higher during […]
EDITOR’S NOTE: In 1985, Professor S.H. Deshpande carried out for NABARD a study of the voluntary agencies in and around Mhaisal, a village in Maharashtra. The report assessed in great detail and lucidly narrated an inspiring experiment which aimed at re-acquiring the lands of the Dalits in that village from money lenders by repaying their […]
The paper aims to trace out if the role that panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) play towards decentralised management system over large irrigation systems in the state of West Bengal. The study highlights that the devolution of legal power to the panchayat falls short of control over canal irrigation system of the state. Read More.
This statistical supplement provides information relating Education in India, drawn from the following sources: (A) Selected Educational Statistics 1990-91, Planning, Monitoring and Statistics Division, Department of Secondary & Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi. Read More.
1.3 Consumer price indices (CPIs) are index *CPIs are widely used to index pensions and numbers that measure changes in the prices social security benefits. of goods and services purchased or otherwise * CPIs are also used to index other payments, acquired by households, which households such as interest payments or rents, or the use […]