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India-UK co-operation in poverty alleviation
By d-sector Team  | 05 Oct 2010


Cabinet approves Judicial Accountability Bill
By d-sector Team  | 05 Oct 2010


India invites foreign investment in power sector
By d-sector Team  | 05 Oct 2010


Ramesh proposes regional cooperation to protect Himalayan glaciers
By d-sector Team  | 05 Oct 2010


3000 crore approved for 16 new Central Universities
By d-sector Team  | 05 Oct 2010


More demolitions for the Commonwealth Games
By d-sector Team  | 19 Sep 2010


84 percent rural India unaware of Internet
By d-sector Team  | 16 Sep 2010


Free mobiles for starving families in Rajasthan
By d-sector Team  | 10 Sep 2010


An online game to feed the hungry
By d-sector Team  | 09 Sep 2010


Government takes over school meals programme in Cape Verde
By d-sector Team  | 08 Sep 2010


Outgoing CVC says 1 in 3 Indians 'utterly corrupt'
By d-sector Team  | 08 Sep 2010


Kyoto Protocol to continue past 2012, says UN climate chief
By d-sector Team  | 08 Sep 2010


USA wants changes in India’s Nuclear Liability Bill
By d-sector Team  | 08 Sep 2010


Sleep deprived kids more likely to become obese
By d-sector Team  | 07 Sep 2010


Rights groups question government’s nuclear wisdom
By d-sector Team  | 03 Sep 2010


UNICEF/WFP Chiefs call for renewed support to Pakistan’s flood victims
By d-sector Team  | 01 Sep 2010


Does poverty affect psychology?
By d-sector Team  | 30 Aug 2010


After drought, floods escalate food shortage in Niger
By d-sector Team  | 25 Aug 2010


US record in human rights is not perfect
By d-sector Team  | 25 Aug 2010


Decision on Vedanta to bake electoral cake?
By d-sector Team  | 25 Aug 2010


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Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

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