Media Coverage

In Uttar Pradesh’s botched effort at regularising contract teachers, a lesson for other states

  • 11 August 2017

The home Manju Dwivedi started building in Gorakhpur last year is yet to get a lintel over its windows. Till the Uttar Pradesh teacher figures out how to repay her Rs 20 lakh home loan, it will remain incomplete. On July 27, Dwivedi’s fortunes...

States are failing to spend their education budgets – because the budgets are too low

  • 1 August 2017

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has found that states failed to spend over Rs 10,000 crores made available to them for elementary education every year between 2010-’11 and 2015-’16. The auditor’s report, which was tabled in the...

India's public spending on education less than 3% of GDP, Kothari Commission wanted it to be 6%


  • 22 July 2017

A recent Right to Education (RTE) Forum consultation in Delhi has revealed that the Government of India’s and state governments’ allocation for education is not even half of what well-known the Kothari Commission had recommended way back in...

Modi’s Flagship Irrigation Scheme Has Been Substantially Watered Down

The Wire

  • 4 July 2017

On July 1, 2015, the cabinet committee on economic affairs approved an irrigation scheme called the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (the Prime Minister’s Agricultural Irrigation Scheme, widely known by the abbreviations of its Hindi name...

How the Ganga and GST are hijacking India’s clean energy fund

  • 4 July 2017

To say India has an unhealthy appetite for coal would be an understatement. Last year, coal production in India peaked at over 600 million tonnes and imports brought in an additional 200 million tonnes to the country’s shores. But even as the...

A Pittance for Our Children: Union Budget 2017–18

Economic & Political Weekly

  • 24 June 2017

For the last 15 years, allocation to the child budget has remained stagnant at around 3% of the union budget. This analysis points out why this amount is proving completely inadequate in safeguarding the health, nutrition, education and protection...

Divide and Educate

Economic & Political Weekly

  • 17 June 2017

Indian education is becoming increasingly divisive. Cuts in public funding for primary education and child welfare are laying the basis for new inequities in higher education. The funding of public universities is grossly unequal; the expansion of...

Unjust Budgetary Reductions in Priority Schemes Must be Rolled Back or Clearly Explained

The Wire

  • 7 May 2017

A number of health and education schemes aimed at some of India’s most vulnerable groups have been slashed in this year’s Budget estimates. Why? While the Narendra Modi government has certainly raised allocations for several important sectors...

With its nominal hikes and many cuts, education activists say the Budget is a let-down again

  • 22 February 2017

Social groups working for the education of Dalit, Adivasi, disabled, Muslim and girl children detail reasons why they are so upset with the Budget. Education activists are used to being disappointed by successive Union Budgets, but say the one...

Gender Budget: Maternity scheme cut brings low allocation in focus

The Indian Express

  • 20 February 2017

The Women and Child Development ministry’s move to restrict financial assistance under the maternity benefit scheme to only one live birth has brought in focus the issue of inadequate Budget allocation for welfare schemes for women. This year,...