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   Friday, February 22, 2019
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Goldman Sachs' 10, 000 Women initiative comes to India
By d-sector Team  | 23 Aug 2011

Skill development programme for J&K youth
By d-sector Team  | 23 Aug 2011

India needs 55 million more jobs by 2015: CRISIL
By d-sector Team  | 18 Aug 2011

Activists demand National Development Planning Act
By d-sector Team  | New Delhi | 03 Aug 2011

U.S. laws fail to protect native women
By d-sector Team  | 28 Jul 2011

WHO proposes TB blood test ban
By d-sector Team  | 25 Jul 2011

Mumbai and Delhi among cheapest cities in the world
By d-sector Team  | 11 Jul 2011

MPLADS fund hiked from Rs 2 cr to Rs 5 cr
By d-sector Team  | 11 Jul 2011

Poverty in India has reduced, claims UN report
By d-sector Team  | 11 Jul 2011

HIV/AIDS bill still in limbo
By d-sector Team  | 06 Jul 2011

Activists appeal govt to learn lessons from Battle of Plassey
By d-sector Team  | 23 Jun 2011

Whistleblowers can expose cruelty against animals
By d-sector Team  | 22 Jun 2011

Food prices may double by 2030, warns Oxfam
By d-sector Team  | 31 May 2011

Urban poverty survey begins this month
By d-sector Team  | 31 May 2011

Tobacco kills, but many don't care
By d-sector Team  | 31 May 2011

Sports and energy drinks not safe for teenagers
By d-sector Team  | 31 May 2011

Before Ramdev's fast, Panel set up on black money
By d-sector Team  | 29 May 2011

Archives at Nehru memorial to be digitised
By d-sector Team  | 29 May 2011

Tobacco packs to carry harsh pictorial warning
By d-sector Team  | 29 May 2011

Web expanding into rural India
By d-sector Team  | 26 May 2011

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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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