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Locals to get 26% stake in mines
By d-sector Team  | 08 Apr 2010

Assam fails to implement NREGS properly
By d-sector Team  | 07 Apr 2010

Kerala government intends to ban GM crops
By d-sector Team  | 07 Apr 2010

Focus on health in urban areas: WHO
By d-sector Team  | 07 Apr 2010

CAG to audit PDS before food security act comes to life
By d-sector Team  | 05 Apr 2010

Pakistan wrangles with India on water
By d-sector Team  | 30 Mar 2010

NEER Foundation gets World Water Champion Award 2009
By d-sector Team  | 30 Mar 2010

NAC reconstituted, Sonia Gandhi back as chairperson
By d-sector Team  | 30 Mar 2010

Eminent citizens to monitor MNREGS implementation
By d-sector Team  | 29 Mar 2010

Tribals, Dalits at the lowest rung: Survey
By d-sector Team  | 29 Mar 2010

One hour of darkness to save the world
By d-sector Team  | 26 Mar 2010

India's childhood toiling in mines
By d-sector Team  | 25 Mar 2010

RTE Act challenged in Supreme Court
By d-sector Team  | 24 Mar 2010

UN initiative boosted Gorilla conservation efforts
By d-sector Team  | 24 Mar 2010

Corruption prevails in NREGA
By d-sector Team  | 23 Mar 2010

Sarva Siksha Abhiyan gets WB aid
By d-sector Team  | 22 Mar 2010

Fish to help fight malaria in Meghalaya
By d-sector Team  | 22 Mar 2010

Is microfinance behind some farm suicides?
By d-sector Team  | 22 Mar 2010

Coca-Cola asked to pay the environmental costs
By d-sector Team  | 22 Mar 2010

Clean water beyond reach of 880 million: Red Cross
By d-sector Team  | 22 Mar 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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