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Maitreesh Ghatak, Professor of Economics at London School of Economics, interviewed by Tathagata Bhattacharya (National Herald)

ut there is always scope for improvement, for example, to improve the delivery and flow of funds for social welfare programmes and MGNREGA. Q. What is your take on this government when it comes to Social Sector Spending? A. The government has been attempting to project a more pro-welfare image than a proform image as elections approach, but I am not sure whether in terms of budgetary allocation to the social sector or in terms institutional refo

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Public hearing reveals poor implementation of NFSA and other entitlement-based schemes

ar, discontinuation of mandatory cash-for-food subsidy pilots at the block-level in various states, providing relief & rehabilitation for families affected by starvation deaths and an increase in Social Sector Spending in the Union and state budgets. Please click here for a presentation of summaries of close to a 100 case studies of citizens facing problems in accessing welfare benefits.   References: PDS Beneficiaries Oppose Cas

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Budget 2018 to focus heavily on infra, rural spend, says ICRA -Joe C Mathew

-Business Today Social Sector Spending and investments in infrastructure development could be the highlights of the forthcoming Union Budget 2018-19, credit rating agency ICRA forecasts. It expects increase in budgetary allocations for social infrastructure and social security spending, such as NREGA (rural job security), food subsidy (food security), insurance schemes and welfare pensions. Larger allocations for infrastructure related to cold ch

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Unemployment has risen sharply among SCs & STs in last 6 years

Amidst concerns over budgetary cuts in Social Sector Spending, a recent statement from Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State for Planning reveals that unemployment rate has risen much sharper among the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) vis-à-vis the overall population. Replying to a starred question by Shri PL Punia regarding Human Development Index (HDI) of SCs and STs, the Minister of State for Planning said on 6

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At The Margins -Lola Nayar

the National Health Mission and the Integrated Child Development scheme, the sharing pattern has changed, with the Union government reducing its share from over 75 per cent to 60 per cent. In effect, Social Sector Spending on key national priorities has been ring-fenced. “The FFC implementation was an opportunity to re-articulate the role of the Centre from its earlier headmaster role but for the moment we are seeing only change in the margins o

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Budget 2016: Behind the Symbolism

The minor additional levy the budget applies on the super-rich and on recipients of dividends of over Rs 10 lakh a year will together not soak the wealthy in any fashion and there is no major hike in Social Sector Spending. In the ultimate analysis, whether or not Budget 2016 can claim to have some semblance of being people-friendly will depend on the implementation of two new schemes. One is the scheme to provide five crore households below the po

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Budget expectations for rural sector

re access Budget 2016: PAHAL may be a success but not all DBTs are; FM should mind the gaps -Malini Chakravarty,, 24 February, 2016, please click here to read  The state of Social Sector Spending in 15-16 -Avani Kapur and Vikram Srinivas,, 24 February, 2016, please click here to read More than Make in India, Jaitley Needs to Focus on Farm in India -Devinder Sharma,, 24 February, 2016, please c

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Social goods lead to public good -Ashok Varma

-The Hindu Business Line Higher Social Sector Spending by the government boosts income and consumption, and spurs growth India’s economic growth is now much more closely linked to the state of the rural economy than it ever was. Sustaining a 7.5-per cent growth in GDP would be contingent on higher growth in rural household consumption. Rural expenditure grew 5.7 per cent annually during 2005-15 — against 5 per cent annual growth

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The state of Social Sector Spending in 15-16 -Avani Kapur and Vikram Srinivas Overall, we find that social sector investments have in fact increased across all states, except Bihar In February 2015, the Government of India accepted the Fourteenth Finance Commission’s (FFC) recommendation to empower states with greater expenditure discretion. The states’ share in Union taxes, therefore, increased from 32% to 42%. While the move holds the promise to reform India’s centralized, one-size-fits-all approach to financing the social sector

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Social sector asks Jaitley to review subsidy alternatives -TCA Sharad Raghavan

tatives of different social sector groups. The unanimous appeal from all the bodies was for additional funds for the social sector. The previous budget’s plan that laid the responsibility of Social Sector Spending on the states was not working, the groups said. They also said there were some states that depend almost entirely on Central funds for Social Sector Spending. The meeting with the Fina

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