Rural Development News
  1. Institute of Rural Management's workshop on Panchayati Raj in India', The Times of India
    Aiming to understand the impact of better local self-governance on various development outcomes, Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) is hosting a dissemination workshop on 'Enabling Development through Panchayati Raj in India' on the 27th of May 2014. The participants will discuss the 73rd amendment that legally constituted local bodies known as village Panchayats and were vested with responsibilities for engendering rural development. Participants include Prof. Vani K Borooah and Dr. S S Meenakshi Sundaram
    Date: 24th May 2014
  2. Over the Hump’ by Girija Shivakumar, The Hindu
    A summary of recent findings on the impact assessment of MGNREGS sponsored by the Planning Commission of India reveals several benefits to the rural poor in terms of better bargaining power and increased agricultural wages.
    Date: 29th August, 2013
  3. Malnutrition Ravages India’s Children’ by Malavika Vyawahare, India Ink at the New York Times.
    The recent debate on malnutrition has brought to the fore several questions relating to policy as well as methodology (in measurement of stunting). This article speaks about the case for malnutrition across villages in Maharashtra.
    Date: 28th August, 2013.
  4.  ‘India’s villages are beginning to smile’ by Kancha Ilaiah, Deccan Chronicle.
    An article citing the poverty-reducing capabilities of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), especially in Andhra Pradesh highlights some of the positives to be taken from one of the most ambitious government policies in recent times.
    Date:  21st August, 2013.
  5. Room for improvement’ by Bindu Shajan Perappadan, The Hindu.
    This article talks about a recent study by Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Save the Children India on decentralization of school governance and their links to the quality of education provided. A key finding of the study was that even with systems lacking decentralized education, ‘a motivated and highly committed head of the school can and does make a big difference.’
    Date: August 14th, 2013.
  6.  ‘Six months for a Job card?’ by Himanshu Upadhyaya, India Together.
    In Karnataka, the MGNREGS system is plagued by anomalies, as revealed by a review of a recent performance audit of the scheme by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.
    Date: 9th August, 2013.
  7.  ‘Poverty of thought’ by Surjit S Bhalla, Column: ‘No Proof Required’ at the Indian Express.
    Surjit Bhalla provides a critical summary of the methodological aspects of poverty measurement in India. He says that the National Sample Survey (NSS) data present a ‘gross underestimation of total expenditure’.
    Date: August 3rd, 2013.
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