A global land indicator for SDG is as important as women’s empowerment and food security

By Chris Penrose Buckley* There’s been quite a hubbub in the land community the last month over the reclassification of two land indicators from ‘Tier III’ to ‘Tier II’. So what’s this all about? For the uninitiated, each SDG indicator has to go through a validation process before it gets included in the formal SDG … More A global land indicator for SDG is as important as women’s empowerment and food security

Steps required for justice to SCs-STs by ensuing proper allocation in the new budget for FY 2018-19

Letter by PS Krishnan, IAS (retired)* to Union finance minister Arun Jaitley: In the Budget for FY 2018-19, which will be the last full-year Budget of the present Government, the following specific steps are essential and indispensable in order to fulfil the objective mentioned above. (i)         Set apart an outlay not less than the … More Steps required for justice to SCs-STs by ensuing proper allocation in the new budget for FY 2018-19

Inequity in distribution of R&R funds: Pancheshwar project will push affected families into poverty

By Surendra Arya  and Prakash Bhandari* The Uttarakhand government’s irrigation department has been given the responsibility of preparing the rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) plan for the people to be affected by the proposed 5,040 MW Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project (PMPP). For Pancheshwar Dam alone, a total of 9,100 hectares of land will be required to be … More Inequity in distribution of R&R funds: Pancheshwar project will push affected families into poverty

Policy makers must focus on right to shelter, bolster sustainable housing solutions for economic growth

By Moin Qazi* The Gaekwad family lives in a single-room house on the outskirts of Mumbai. The family cooks, have meals and sleep in the same room—which is also used as a play area by their three-year-old child. Lack of credit has prevented the Gaekwads from getting loans to improve their living conditions. The Gaekwads are actually … More Policy makers must focus on right to shelter, bolster sustainable housing solutions for economic growth

Indian village: ‘The real’ India, which needed to be recovered, liberated and transformed

By Moin Qazi* The inertia of a jungle village is a dangerous thing. Before you know it your whole life has slipped by and you are still waiting there. ― Tahir Shah, House of the Tiger Kin The Indian village has been celebrated by every poet who has admitted to having been touched by India … More Indian village: ‘The real’ India, which needed to be recovered, liberated and transformed

Demonetization: Micro-finance may have to write-off 7% of outstanding loans, or Rs 7,000 crore

By Moin Qazi* Reviewing the impact of demonetisation on its first anniversary, it is evident that several sectors have suffered severe setbacks. The microfinance industry is one of them. According to Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), a self-regulatory organisation of the NBFC-MFIs, the MFI industry which has a total loan portfolio of just over Rs 1 … More Demonetization: Micro-finance may have to write-off 7% of outstanding loans, or Rs 7,000 crore