New Save the Children report reveals insecurity of teenage girls from the outside world, but are our homes safe enough? July 25, 2018
Released in May this year, a study by Save the Children has found that if you are an adolescent girl living in the country, you are most likely to be afraid about being harassed outside your homes viz. in public places.
Entitled WINGS 2018 - World of India's Girls: A study on the perception of girls’ safety in public spaces, the study shows that nearly one-third of teenage girls surveyed were afraid of travelling narrow by-lanes of their locality, apart from the road which they take to go for school or the local market. Nearly, one-fourth of adolescent girls residing in rural areas felt unsafe while using open spaces/ agricultural fields for open defecation at dawn.
The report by Save the Children, which is based on a sample survey (non-probability sampling technique used) undertaken in six states of the country, namely Assam, Delhi-NCR, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and West Bengal,...
1,648 people died every year during 1953-2016 due to floods or heavy showers, shows recent CWC data July 5, 2018
The Central Water Commission (CWC) has released the state-wise and national-level annual data on human and economic costs associated with floods or excessive rainfall for the last 64 years at a time when the North East is devastated by nature's fury.
That data indicates that on an average 3.2 crore Indians were affected by floods or excessive rainfall every year between 1953 and 2016. Floods or downpours took a heavy toll on human lives (1,648 per annum) as well as cattle lives (94,104 per annum) during this period.
According to the latest available CWC data, which was released in May this year, roughly 2.6 crore Indian citizens on an average were annually affected by floods or excessive rainfall between 2007 and 2016. However, in the previous decade viz. 1997-2006, a much higher number of Indians (viz. 3.4 crore citizens) on an average were affected annually by the natural calamity.
In terms of ease, citizens of Nagri block in Ranchi dislike the pilot cash transfer-based PDS, reveals social audit June 24, 2018
The outcome of a social audit (conducted in April this year) related to the pilot cash transfer programme in the public distribution system (PDS) in Nagri block (Ranchi district) has confirmed that most beneficiaries want back the normal ration system that existed previously. Yet the Jharkhand state government continues with the DBT-based PDS in Nagri block, instead of returning back to the older system, says a press release by the Right to Food Campaign dated 21st June, 2018.
When it comes to ease, instead of a direct benefit transfer (DBT) -based system for purchasing subsidized food grains from fair price shops (FPS), 96.9 percent of the 8,370 respondents (viz. ration card holders) of the social audit survey, belonging to 46 villages (from 13 Gram Panchayats) of Nagri block, conveyed that they prefer the old ration system. However, 2.4 percent respondents felt that the DBT is a better option.
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Maternal mortality ratio is falling but more effort required to catch up with China June 13, 2018
The country's maternal mortality ratio (MMRatio) exceeds that of China by a huge margin, which not only indicates the poor status of women in our society but also the miserable functioning of health system, among other things. However, there is some good news around the corner to cheer about.
Recently released data by the Sample Registration System (SRS) bulletin indicates that for the country as a whole the MMRatio has declined steadily from 398 in 1997-98 to 130 in 2014-16, which is a fall by 67.3 percent. During 2014-16, the lowest MMRatio was found in Kerala (46.0), followed by Maharashtra (61.0) and Tamil Nadu (66.0). On the contrary, Assam (237.0) has the highest MMRatio, followed by Uttar Pradesh/ Uttaranchal (201.0) and Rajasthan (199.0).
Although the country's MMRatio has reduced by 22.2 percent between 2011-13 and 2014-16, it went down by 6.2 percent between 2010-12 and 2011-13. Please consult the...
Mining and agriculture lag behind other sectors in terms of GVA growth in Jan-Mar '18 June 4, 2018
The country’s agrarian sector in the last financial year expanded at almost half the rate at which it grew in 2016-17, shows the recently released provisional estimates by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). As compared to a growth rate of 6.3 percent witnessed in 2016-17, the growth rate in real Gross Value Added (GVA) by the agrarian sector (i.e., increase in agricultural GVA after neutralizing the effect of price inflation) had nearly halved to reach 3.4 percent in 2017-18.
The recently released provisional estimates has revised the growth in real GVA by the agrarian sector during 2017-18 to 3.4 percent, up from 3.0 percent as was suggested by the second advance estimates (released on 28th February, 2018). The first advance estimates (released on 5th January, 2018) had predicted the annual growth in real GVA by the agrarian sector to be 2.1 percent for 2017-18. Please check the interactive chart-1 for...