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Statistics & Data

Deaths due to malnutrition
By d-sector Team  | 08 Sep 2011


Facts on Tobacco use
By d-sector Team  | 26 May 2011


Region wise statistics on women getting married before 18 years of age
By d-sector Team  | 10 May 2011


Data on Malaria
By d-sector Team  | 26 Apr 2011


Data on Malnutrition
By d-sector Team  | 21 Apr 2011


Data on global hunger and malnutrition
By d-sector Team  | 20 Apr 2011


Data on Indian population
By d-sector Team  | 31 Mar 2011


Data on Indian Healthcare
By d-sector Team  | 30 Mar 2011


Women in India: poor in health, lower on stats
By d-sector Team  | 26 Jan 2011


Facts about migration and remittances
By d-sector Team  | 06 Dec 2010


Facts about TB
By d-sector Team  | 26 Nov 2010


Facts on Maternal Health
By d-sector Team  | 26 Nov 2010


Facts about tobacco users in india
By d-sector Team  | 27 Oct 2010


Quick facts about Child Labour
By d-sector Team  | 08 Oct 2010


World Bank opens its storehouse of development data
By d-sector Team  | 08 May 2010


Death Penalty in 2008
By d-sector Team  | 18 Mar 2010


Mumbai HDR 2009 provides data on slums
By d-sector Team  | 15 Mar 2010


NRHM - The Progress So Far
By d-sector Team  | 24 Feb 2010


One-third of humanity has TB microbe: WHO
By d-sector Team  | 11 Dec 2009


India has more science graduates than in US, EU, or China
By d-sector Team  | 11 Nov 2009


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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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