Revoke projects, return unused non-forest land acquired for private, government projects

Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon* Several ambitious programmes of the government require converting land under fishing, grazing, agriculture or forest use into ‘growth engines’. The 577 projects under the flagship Sagarmala project, highway expansions and opening of new mines will not be on empty lands. These projects are to be realised at a time when … More Revoke projects, return unused non-forest land acquired for private, government projects

Decongesting metros? Smaller towns should be promoted for equitable, balanced urbanisation

By Darshini Mahadevia* An intriguing article by Chetan Bhagat argued that to relieve the choked metros (it is where we opinion-makers live) fiscal instruments should be used so as to spread employment to urban centres other than the metros. In India, we forget the recent history in the quest for glorious past (and I am not saying … More Decongesting metros? Smaller towns should be promoted for equitable, balanced urbanisation

Dream of Father of the Nation for total sanitation for all and a clean India is still elusive

Excerpts from the report by the Parliamentary standing committee on rural development (2017-18), released in the 16th Lok Sabha, on Swacch Bharat Mission (Gramin), on July 19 2018: The Committee observes that the Central Rural Sanitation Programme (CRSP) was launched 32 years back in 1986 with a view to have a nationwide focus on rural … More Dream of Father of the Nation for total sanitation for all and a clean India is still elusive

Putting development back into public sector banks’ agenda: Indian financial sector at crossroads

By Moin Qazi* Despite what is being purveyed in the media, banks are keen on venturing into the hinterlands to set up accounts. Getting people on board is a different story. It is true that both government-owned and private sector banks are not getting compensation of any kind for promoting the financial inclusion agenda. In … More Putting development back into public sector banks’ agenda: Indian financial sector at crossroads

Delhi redevelopment: How can govt treat public land as if it is the owner and do what it pleases?

By Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli* The plans for redeveloping the old government colonies of Netaji Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Thyagraj Nagar, Sriniwaspuri and Mohammadpur in south Delhi have raised the hackles of several because it will result in the loss of over 14,000 trees. Delhi’s citizens have rightly opposed the ecological loss that … More Delhi redevelopment: How can govt treat public land as if it is the owner and do what it pleases?

Bridging the skills gap: Less than 5% of workforce in India has undergone formal skill training

By Moin Qazi* Globalization and the Fourth Industrial Revolution have increased the pace of change in labour markets, putting a premium on right skills and adaptability. Public policies should now shift to empowering and enabling workers to cope with transition, via income support, and also support incentives and opportunities for deskilling and upgrading skills. This … More Bridging the skills gap: Less than 5% of workforce in India has undergone formal skill training

Seeking to invite massive investments, India’s water unsmart cities operate in policy vacuum

By Himanshu Thakkar* The urban water footprint in India is increasing in multiple ways. Rapid urbanisation predicted by experts is just unfolding. Per capita demands are going up. City water managers are looking at big storages for dependable source of water, such big storages are necessarily far off from the cities. Cities are also generating … More Seeking to invite massive investments, India’s water unsmart cities operate in policy vacuum