Articles

Crisis also brings opportunity for building a nurturing economy

Kaushik Basu, Ela R. Bhatt
This article is reproduced from The Indian Express. It reminds us to not lose sight of whom the economic and political policies are made for, and point to the Constitutional values as indispensable ingredients of policy making.
Keywords: Covid19, Coronavirus, Corona effects in India, crisis, Indian Economy, economic crisis

Increasing Evidence of Attack and Erosion

Dr Sushree Panigrahi, Senior Fellow, RGICS
This article highlights how there has been an increase in cases of intolerance leading to violence, how state and institutional machinery are under a threat and how the constitutional values of Justice, Equality and Fraternity are being diluted in the present times.
Keywords: intolerance, violence, constitutional values, justice, equality, fraternity

A new political economy for India, to enable all Indians to live in dignity, and with adequate economic security

Arun Maira
This article by Arun Maira, former Member of the Planning Commission argues for a new political economy.
Keywords: Indian Economy, Economy, Political, Political Economy, Economic Security, Economy of India, Covid19, Coronavirus

The Legal Framework to deal with COVID

Kabir Dev, Policy Research Intern, RGICS
This article by Kabir Dev, a young research intern on the constitutional issues arising out of the notifications made by Central and State Governments under certain laws. He describes the scope and intent of these laws and shows how in the process of application they rode roughshod on citizens’ rights & entitlements.
Keywords: Covid19, Legal, Legal Framework, Coronavirus, Constitution, Constitutional Issues, Central Government, State Government, laws

RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, 2005: Examining Key Challenges within India’s Transparency Regime

Arnab Bose
Study on the Right to Information, and the mechanisms to enforce it, which are an important determinant of the transparency and accountability of the Executive. In the absence of information about the policies, programs and specific decisions of the Executive, it becomes difficult, if not impossible to realise many of the rights enshrined in the Constitution.This paper shows, the Courts have long enjoined the Government to enhance its information disclosure both suo moto as well as in response to specific requests.
Keywords: RTI, Right To Information, challenges, government, case study, Constitutional Values, Democratic Institutions

Case Study- Public systems: Health and Education – Save a Mother Foundation

Dr Shiban Ganju
This case study is based on the work of SAM (Save a Mother Foundation). Dr Shiban has been running the Save a Mother Foundation (SAM) working on Maternal and Child Health.
Keywords: Health, Education, Save a Mother Foundation, case study, child health, maternal health

Case Study: The Jallikattu Movement, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr S. Nirmala, Fellow, RGICS
This case study on the Jallikattu movement tries to understand how such an issue could acquire such mass popularity, as it did during the pro-Jallikattu protests in 2017.
Keywords: The Jallikattu Movement, Tamil Nadu, case study, Constitutional Values, Democratic Institutions

The Socio-Psychological Origins of Fascism

Aryan D’Rozario
This article is on Ideology – particularly Fascism, whose contemporary variants are resurgent all over the world. It gives us a psychological analysis of fascism based on the works of William Reich. Reich is of the belief that early childhood and familial atmosphere play a key role in determining fascist tendencies at a psychological level.
Keywords: fascism, Constitutional Values, Democratic Institutions, policy watch

What is India? Gandhi vs Savarkar: Debating Civic and Ethnic Nationalism

Mohd. Tanweer Alam
This article juxtaposes the idea of nationalism as espoused by Gandhi and Savarkar. Gandhi approached Hinduism from a spiritual and philosophical perspective and wanted to build a nation which is inclusive of people across religions, race and ethnicity. Gandhi viewed India’s diversity as an asset. In contrast, Savarkar introduced the concept of Hindutva encompassing the religious, social, cultural, political and linguistic spheres.
Keywords: India, Mahatma Gandhi, Savarkar, Nationalism, Constitutional Values, Democratic Institutions, policy watch

From Policy To Practice: Combatting Human Trafficking In India

Mamta Borgoyary, Charu Singh and Pranjita Borah
This article moves from Ideology to Law and shows how fundamental rights are trampled on for many Indian citizens. Trafficking is the third largest organised crime in the world. In India women and children are the prime targets, especially those belonging to Dalit, minority and tribal groups. The article also speaks of the existing legislation to prevent trafficking in India and the gaps in both policy and implementation.
Keywords: Human Trafficking, fundamental rights, Constitutional Values, Democratic Institutions, policy watch

Impact of Covid-19 on Artisans and Crafts Enterprise

This article carries key observations and recommendations from a recent study conducted by All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association (AIACA). The survey was conducted on 59 Craftmark members, including both individual artisans and craft enterprises. Over half the survey respondents possessed more than 9 years of experience in the crafts sector.
Keywords: Covid19, Coronavirus, Corona effects in India, effects of corona on enterprises, corona effect on Artisans, craft enterprise.

Labour Law Reforms – Can they Work

Amirullah Khan, Senior Visiting Fellow, RGICS
This article is on labour laws in light of recent changes brought in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
Keywords: Covid19, Coronavirus, Corona effects in India, labour, labour in India, effects of corona on labour

Taxation for Equitable Growth

Prasanth V. Regy, Senior Fellow, RGICS
This article proposes to have progressive taxation policy which will facilitate equitable growth for all and improvement in public services.
Keywords: taxation, growth, public services, employment

Labour Law Reforms – Can they Work

Amirullah Khan, Senior Visiting Fellow, RGICS
This article is on labour laws in light of recent changes brought in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
Keywords: Covid19, Coronavirus, Corona effects in India, labour, labour in India, effects of corona on labour

For a pro-migrant relief services and urban policy

Mr Navin T., Institute of Livelihood Research and Training, Hyderabad
This article highlights dimensions of the schism between the state and migrant population during the pandemic.
Keywords: Covid19, Coronavirus, Corona effects in India, migrant workers, migrants, urban policy, pro-migrant

Impact of Pandemic on SC and ST Micro Entrepreneurs

Dr Rakesh Malhotra, Senior Visiting Fellow, RGICS
This article is a report of a survey that was done of 100 MSME entrepreneurs belonging to the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.
Keywords: Covid19, Lockdown, Lockdown Impact, Coronavirus, MSME, factories, Micro Enterprise, entrepreneurs

Broken by the Outbreak: The Unemployment Crisis in Tamil Nadu during Lockdown

Dr S. Nirmala, Policy Observatory, RGICS
This article is a report of interviews of a number of workers in the informal sector, those self-employed as well as migrant workers, in the Madurai district. This article gives a report of Unemployment rate in Tamil Nadu and sectors affected.
Keywords: Covid19, Lockdown, Lockdown Impact, Coronavirus, migrant workers, self employment

Coronavirus pandemic has delivered the fastest, deepest economic shock in history

Nouriel Roubini
Brief article from the Guardian, summarising the impact of Covid-19 on the global economy. Moody’s has already indicated the likely implications on the global economy: a degrowth of 0.5%. It has also reduced the growth forescast for the Indian economy, to 2.5% pa for 2020-21.
Keywords: Covid-19, Coronavirus, economy, growth, employment, policy watch

Economic Downturn and Pressures on Incomes and Jobs

Dr Amirullah Khan, Senior Visiting Fellow, RGICS
This article looks at the economic pressures due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on incomes and jobs, it specifically focuses on youth unemployment which was already at a historic peak even before the pandemic and on migrant workers who have suffered greatly due to the pandemic.
Keywords: economy, covid-19, coronavirus, migrants, growth, employment, policy watch

‘‘देश बंदी’’ में देश के खेत-खलिहानों के कुछ जरूरी सवाल और समाधान | Impact of the Covid-19 Lockdown on Agriculture

Dr Rajaram Tripathi
This article deals with the agricultural situation and farmer’s plight. Dr Rajaram Tripathi is a very successful farmer engaged in growing medicinal and herbal plants in Kodagaon, Bastar, Chhattisgarh.
Keywords: Farmer, Agriculture, lockdown, covid-19, coronavirus growth, employment, policy watch

Saving Farmers from Covid-19: States Must Relent on E-NAM

Pravesh Sharma
This article gives suggestions on how to keep the agriculture sector going during the pandemic.
Keywords: Farmer, Agriculture, lockdown, covid-19, coronavirus, growth, employment, policy watch

Easing Life for India’s Farmers, Agricultural and Informal Workers In the Time of Covid-19 – Recommendations for the Government and Banks

Vijay Mahajan, Director, RGICS
This article gives suggestions to address the problem of farmers, the agricultural and the informal sector workers.
Keywords: Farmer, Agriculture, informal workers, lockdown, covid-19, coronavirus, growth, employment, policy watch

Statement On the current lockdown and how the government can help make it better

P Chidambaram
This article is a statement by Shri P Chidambaram on how the government can help make it better on the current lockdown
Keywords: Covid-19, Coronavirus, lockdown, government, growth, employment, policy watch

Finance Minister Announces a Covid-19 Response Package for the poor and migrant workers

This article explains the Covid-19 Response package announced by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, for the poor and migrant workers.
Keywords: Covid-19, Coronavirus, Response Package, migrant workers, finance minister, growth, employment, policy watch

The RBI Governor Announces a Covid-19 Response for Banking and Industry

This article explains Covid-19 Response Package announced by RBI for Banking and Industry.
Keywords: Covid-19, Coronavirus, Response Package, migrant workers, banks, RBI, growth, employment, policy watch

Excerpts from Stimulus is less than what it appears to be, govt must do more for farmers

Ajay Vir Jhakar
This article carries excerpts from an article by Ajay Vir Jhakar assessing the adequacy of the measures announced.
Keywords: Covid-19, Coronavirus, Response Package, migrant workers, banks, RBI, farmers, agriculture, growth, employment, policy watch

Restoring Economic Growth in India

Dr Amir Ullah Khan, Senior Visiting Fellow, RGICS
The article gives an overview of the economy – the slowdown in growth and the rise in unemployment – and then argues in favour of investment in human capital, in the form of education as an urgent solution to the impasse.
Keywords: Indian Economy, Growth, Rise in Unemployment, Jobs in India, Poverty, Youth, Education, Human Capital, growth, employment, policy watch

Farmer Producer Companies in India: Does Aggregation lead to Prosperity?

Yuvraj Kalia, Fellow, RGICS
This article looks at agriculture – which employs the largest share of the workforce but generates a much lower share of the GDP. The need to stabilise and enhance farmer’s income has been an important concern for policy makers for several years.The experience of hundreds of farmers’ producer companies in several states – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh was discussed in a Consultation at the RGICS and this has been reported on in detail in this article.
Keywords: Farmers, Agriculture, GDP, consultation, growth, employment, policy watch

Financing MSMEs for Growth and Employment

Vijay Mahajan, Director, RGICS and Jagmeet Singh, Senior Research Associate, RGICS
This article looks at financing for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). It speaks of the large number of persons employed in the MSME sector – 111 million, second, only to employment in the agriculture sector. This article also shows that Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) has been a limited success, if at all even in credit enhancement, and even less in incremental employment. It traces the cause of this to a faulty design of the PMMY loan products and suggests design improvements including the provision for cash credit in place of term loans and micro-equity in place of loans for startup MSMEs.
Keywords: Enterprises, MSMEs, Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, growth, employment, policy watch

Employment in India: Structural problems

Prasanth V Regy, Senior Fellow, RGICS
There are structural problems in the Indian economy, which have created a situation where the rate of economic growth continues to be fairly high, but few new jobs are being created. This has led to a situation of jobless growth. This is an immediate and vitally important challenge.
Keywords: Employment, Indian Economy, economic growth, growth, employment, policy watch

Jobful Growth for Rajasthan (2019-2024)

Vijay Mahajan, Director, RGICS and Prasanth V Regy, Senior Fellow, RGICS
The article focuses on how Rajasthan can achieve higher growth along with creating more jobs in the state.
Keywords: Rajasthan, Economic Growth, Employment, Job Creation, Unemployment, Jobs in Rajasthan, growth, employment

Jobful Growth for Chhattisgarh (2019-2024)

Vijay Mahajan, Director, RGICS and Prasanth V Regy, Senior Fellow, RGICS
The article focuses on how Rajasthan can achieve higher growth along with creating more jobs in the state.
Keywords: Chhattisgarh, Economic Growth, Employment, Job Creation, Unemployment, Jobs in Chhattisgarh, growth, employment

Employment in India – Structural Problems

Prasanth V Regy, Senior Fellow, RGICS
The article looks at the structural issues with employment in India. Over the past many years, we have seen growth happen without a commensurate increase in jobs; increasing informalisation, even within the formal sector; and drops in labour force participation that might render our ‘demographic dividend’ a ‘demographic crisis’ instead. This article surveys the employment scenario and suggests some high-level solutions.
Keywords: Employment India, Jobless growth, Job Creation, Working, growth, employment, policy watch

MUDRA: The art of taking credit for credit given by banks in normal course of their business

Vijay Mahajan, Director, RGICS
This article examines how successful the ‘Mudra’ scheme has been
Keywords: MUDRA, banks, credits, growth, employment, policy watch

Jobful growth for Rajasthan- 2019–2024

Prasanth V Regy, Senior Fellow, RGICS
The article focuses on how Rajasthan can achieve higher growth along with creating more jobs in the state.
Keywords: Rajasthan, Economic Growth, Employment, Job Creation, Unemployment, Jobs in Rajasthan, growth, employment, policy watch

Financial inclusion: A long way to go

Prasanth Regy, Vijay Mahajan & Jagmeet Singh, RGICS
This article examines how successful the ‘Mudra’ scheme has been
Keywords: Financial, banks, growth, employment, policy watch

New basics: Livelihoods micro-equity, digi-touch

Vijay Mahajan, Director, RGICS
This article examines how successful the ‘Mudra’ scheme has been
Keywords: Microfinance, Financial, banks, growth, employment

Vision 2020: Are we getting there or have we lost our way?

Yuvraj Kalia, Fellow, RGICS
This article is a study of the progress of the nation vis-à-vis the goals and ambitions set for 2020, at the beginning of the millennium. It takes up key areas and analyses the development, goals achieved, challenges faced and whether the government was successful to fulfill the promises or failed to deliver.
Keywords: government, vision 2020, development, goals achieved

“Reimagining Regional Planning and Development: The Samarth Zillas Framework”

Yuvraj Kalia, Fellow, RGICS
This article focuses on how regional planning and development needs to be reconceptualised based on the contemporary realities like large scale migration from rural to urban areas, breakdown of livelihood linkages, changing climate patterns amongst few.
Keywords: samarth zilla framework, regional planning, development, migration, rural areas, urban areas, livelihood

Impact of COVID on women Population Foundation of India

This article by the Population Foundation of India, touches upon issues pertaining to, violence against women and girls; mental health; and sexual and reproductive health services, during the pandemic.
Keywords: violence against women, domestic violence during lockdown, violence against girls, mental health, health services, lockdown, lockdown effects, Covid19, Coronavirus, Corona effects in India

“Future of India’s School Education in COVID era”

Yuvraj Kalia, Fellow, RGICS
This article is based on an online panel discussion titled “The likely and desirable future of school education in the times of COVID19”, conducted by RGICS in June 2020. A recording of the webinar is on the RGICS website. Watch

Keywords: Covid19, Coronavirus, Corona effects in India, school education in corona, education in corona, online education.

Working with a District Administration during the Lockdown – Some Reflections

Yuvraj Kalia, Fellow, RGICS
This article is a field reportage, on the lockdown and its effects, particularly on migrant workers. Yuvraj Kalia, worked throughout the last three months with the District Administration in Jalandhar, first helping in the relief effort and later in migrant workers’ transportation.
Keywords: Covid19, Coronavirus, Lockdown, Migrant Workers, Covid relief, Jalandhar, lockdown effects, Corona effects, governance and development.

“We just want to go Home!”

Ram Esteves, ADATS
This article is a field reportage, on the lockdown and its effects, particularly on migrant workers. It
is an eye-witness account of the plight of migrant workers as they walked from Bangalore to their home states – contributed by Ram Esteves of ADATS, Bagepalli, located right on the Bangalore-Hyderabad highway.
Keywords: Covid19, Coronavirus, Lockdown, Migrant Workers, Covid relief, Jalandhar, lockdown effects, Corona effects, ADATS, governance and development.

RTE After a Decade: An Assessment of Bottlenecks and Some Ways Forward

Arnab Bose, Senior Research Associate, RGICS
This paper seeks to assess the performance of RTE in order to identify some of the challenges. It begins with a brief inquiry into the notion of education as a right. It then goes on to highlight some of the key issues in the statutory provisions of the Act. Finally, it examines the implementation bottlenecks in both, the supply side and demand side. The paper concludes by providing recommendations to address some of the challenges.
Keywords: RTE, education, school governance, development, governance and development

The Status of Implementation of MGNREG Act, 2005

Arnab Bose, Senior Research Associate, RGICS
The paper begins with a brief introduction of the main provisions of the Act and some concerns that emerged related to the provisions as they were tried to be implemented. Thereafter the paper focuses on the performance vis-à-vis the provisions, in which here are major shortfalls, and the bottlenecks faced in implementation. The paper ends with a number of suggestions for the way forward. This is of great relevance in 2020 as MGNREGA will be a major enabler for providing employment and income to rural people in the post-Covid recovery phase of the economy.
Keywords: MGNREGA, act, governance, development, governance and development

Case Study: Turning around a Government School – The Case of Dhulagori Adarsha Vidyalaya

Somanth Ghosh, Sr Fellow, RGICS with support of Sudip Mitra, Sadbhavana Media Associate, RGF
This study narrates the turnaround of Dhulagori Adarsha Vidyalaya, a government school in rural west Bengal.
Keywords: government school, education, west bengal, governance, development, governance and development, case study

How the Health System Works at the Grassroots in Uttar Pradesh

Dr Somnath Ghosh, Sr Visiting Fellow, RGICS
This article considers only such aggregate data that have significance for identifying intervention areas that the Directorate of Medical Health (DOMH) may consider to bring about improvements in Public Health delivery system.
Keywords: health, health system, uttar pradesh, governance, development, governance and development, study

A Critical Overview of the Health System in India

Yuvraj Kalia, Fellow, RGICS
This article highlights key issues in the system, from policy, access and financing, surveillance and awareness, human resources, and health research in the country with a focus on public sector.
Keywords: health, health system, governance, development, governance and development, policy watch, health system in India

How India must tackle China’s killer bug

Amir Ulllah Khan and Saleema Razvi
This article gives a practical strategy to avoid threats from potential pandemics emanating from coronavirus and the like.
Keywords: covid-19, coronavirus, china, governance, development, governance and development, policy watch

RTE after a Decade: An Assessment of Bottlenecks

Arnab Bose
This article assesses the difference that this legislation has made with a focus on what the bottlenecks are and what can be done to remove them. It is a part of the larger effort to understand the impact the rights based legislations have made in India.
Keywords: RTE, education, governance, development, governance and development, policy watch

Status of School Education Financing in India

This article is a factsheet on financing of school education.
Keywords: school, education, education financing, governance, development, governance and development, policy watch

Samarth Bastar and Preservation of Indigenous Culture

Vijay Nadkarni with inputs from Sushil Pandey, Manoj Mishra, Gautam Bandopadhyay, Sahebpreet Kaur, Pratul Vasishth and Namik Sherpa
Within Samarth Zilla framework developed by RGICS, the progress of implementation in Bastar and a perspective on culture of the region is provided in this article. It is an earnest attempt at understanding what indigenous culture of Bastar is and what can be done to nurture it for the benefit of people there and for human civilization.
Keywords: samarth bastar, culture, preservation, samarth zilla, governance, development, governance and development, policy watch

Samarth Zilla: A Framework for Holistic Governance and Development

Vijay Mahajan, Director, RGICS and Yuvraj Kalia, Fellow, RGICS
The study and the framework is called as Samarth Zilla or ‘Capable District’. It is a district which is capable of supporting the basic needs of its population – for food, clothing, shelter, livelihoods, health, and education in a sustainable manner. Due to various apposite reasons, the Samarth Zilla framework is developed keeping a district as a unit of research, analysis, and development in India. The Samarth Zilla study, largely qualitative, borrows a five capital (natural, human, social, physical and financial) approach from Sustainable Livelihoods Framework.
Keywords: samarth zilla, governance, development, governance and development, study

Educate, Organise & Transform: Tools for Emerging Grassroots Leadership

Nirmala S, Sadbhavana Fellow, RGF & Yuvraj Kalia, Associate Fellow, RGICS
This descriptive case study apprises readers of the phenomenon of grass roots mobilisation in Kambur village panchayat which has led to active participation of people in institutional mechanisms.
Keywords: educate, grassroots leadership, leadership, kambur village, governance, development, governance and development, case study

Sustainable Development Goals: New Wine in Old Bottles?

Suraj Kumar and Nitya Mohan Khemka
This article argues on goals, which not only represent a new strand in thinking about development, they also require a new way of doing which is currently hampered by persistence of old institutional forms and conditioned reflexes that are too bureaucratic, silo-ed and incentivize target-meeting by mere reporting or isomorphic mimicry.
Keywords: development, development goals, governance, governance and development.

Samarth Bastar: An Analysis and Strategy for Bastar, Chhattisgarh

Vijay Nadkarni and Meeth Kumar
This article discuses an analysis and strategy for making Bastar, a Samarth district. After thorough consultations with relevant stakeholders, the authors have identified the constraints in the development and suggest possible measures to overcome these.
Keywords: samarth bastar, bastar, chhattisgarh, analysis, strategy, governance, development, governance and development

Universal Health Care in India: Policy Implications and Governance Issues

Somnath Ghosh
This article focuses on Healthcare in India. The author highlights the present broken condition of the health care system in the country. He analyses the reasons thereof, and suggests policy options, governance mechanisms and development measures to set things right.
Keywords: universal heath care, health care in India, health care, governance, development, governance and development

COVID-19 Crisis Calls for Green Recovery – But Are we Learning?

Jeet Singh, Fellow, RGICS
In this article, Jeet Singh recalls the link between environmental degradation, destruction of wild-life habitat and the rise of zoonotic diseases. He goes on to show that even as the world is reeling under Covid and learning the lesson about conserving the environment, jal, jangal, jameen, our Government is wantonly permitting all kinds of projects to proceed which will destroy more of our water, forests and land resources.
Keywords: Covid19, Coronavirus, Environment, Effects of Corona on Environment, Corona Effects, Wild-Life

Biodiversity Loss and Emergence of Infectious Diseases

Sahibpreet Kaur, Research Associate, RGICS
This article attempts to focus on how loss of biodiversity resulted into transmission of various viruses from a wildlife reservoir including Covid-19.
Keywords: covid-19, coronavirus, infection, disease, environment, natural resources, sustainability, policy watch

Climate Change and Water Crisis

Jeet Singh and Sahibpreet Kaur, RGICS
Apart from a brief videos on the topic What caused COVID – Environmental Destruction by us Humans !, this article carry a report of a presentation by David Albert and David Willis, two Gandhian Environmentalists, on ‘Climate Change and Water Crisis’ organized by RGICS and Khudai Khidmatgar
Keywords: covid-19, coronavirus, infection, disease, environment, natural resources, climate, water crisis,sustainability, policy watch

Prepare for Invasion

Steve Lockett, Masheer Trust, United Kingdom
This article focuses on challenges to biodiversity due to invasive fishes in India. I has also highlighted few policy gaps in India responsible for introduction of invasive fishes.
Keywords: invasion, fishes, environment, natural resources, climate, water crisis,sustainability, policy watch

Status of Forest Rights Act in Chhattisgarh

Arnab Bose and Jeet Singh
This article assesses the implementation of Forest Rights Act, 2006 in Chhattisgarh. This article focuses on success, limitation and hindrances at national and state level to implement the Forest Rights Act.
Keywords: forest, forest rights act, chhattisgarh, environment, natural resources, sustainability, policy watch

A Single Strategy to Fight the Post-COVID Job Crisis and Environmental Degradation

Vijay Mahajan, Director, RGICS and Jeet Singh, Fellow, RGICS
This article deals with the jobs and income crisis for a large number of workers in rural areas, already underemployed and those who have migrated back to their villages due to Covid-19 pandemic. The article provides suggestions on how to utilize that workforce and situation by employing them on MGNREGA works aimed at regeneration of natural resources – jal, jangal, jameen (water, forests and land) and also to combat adverse impact of climate change. Thus it is a single strategy for addressing both the goals.
Keywords: covid-19, coronavirus, fight corona, job crisis, environment, natural resources, sustainability, policy watch

Case Study: Jal, Jangal, Jameen- Process Documentation of Rejuvenation of the Ur River, Tikamgarh, M.P.

Vijay Mahajan, Sabibpreet Kaur, Jeet Singh
The state annual budget for 2019-20 of Madhya Pradesh promised to manage effectively demand and supply side of water resources. The budget speech stressed on problem arising due to drying sources of water in the State. To address these problems the government announced rejuvenation of rivers by approaching integrated water management approach. To fund this program, the government is heavily dependent on funds available under MG-NREGA. Tikamgarh is one such district, where some work has already been initiated. The district administration of Tikamgarh has planned to revitalize Ur River that originates from Sudha Sagar a lake located in Tikamgarh district.
Keywords: jal, jangal, jameen, madhya pradesh, UR river, tikamgarh, case study, environment, natural resources

Land Regeneration in India Commitments and Efforts

Jeet Singh, Fellow, RGICS & Sahibpreet Kaur, Junior Policy Associate
This article on India’s commitments and efforts on land regeneration highlights the status of degraded land resources in India and challenges faced by people. It goes into the history of policy and planning of India to reclaim degraded land through various ways. It also highlights the reasons for shortfall in reclamation of degraded land despite several efforts.
Keywords: Land Regeneration, Land Degradation, India, Soil Conservation, environment, natural resources, policy watch

Rural Water Crisis in Madhya Pradesh and Way Forward

Achintya Ghosh & Pratyaya Jagannath, Kabil Foundation and Manas Satpathy, PRADAN
This is based on fieldwork under a research project commissioned by RGICS on water crisis in India. This article gives first hand insight of ground realities and identifies major policy gaps at the village level. It also suggests a comprehensive framework to make policies effective on the ground.
Keywords: Rural Water Crisis, Madhya Pradesh, Betul District, Rivers, Irrigation, Water Management, Water Shortage, Water Scarcity, environment, natural resources, policy watch

Participation Report- International Conference on Climate Change and Disasters: Challenges, Opportunities and Responses

Jeet Singh, Fellow, RGICS
This report is a brief description of a three-day conference organised by the Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) and Centre for Economic and
Social Studies (CESS).
Keywords: climate change, disasters, environment, natural resources, policy watch

Policy Consultation Report – Methods of Water Harvesting

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