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two men wrking in a brick klin_bonded labour

October 24, 2023
Why does India still have a bonded labour problem?
A reluctance by the state to acknowledge the problem and lack of access to rehabilitation will lead to India missing its goal to abolish bonded labour by 2030.
A barber and his client sit in front of the barber shop_poverty estimates in India

June 2, 2023
Do we know how many people in India live in poverty?
India’s poverty estimates are outdated. In the absence of accurate data, social security schemes cannot be expected to reach their intended targets.
lawyers and others inside the supreme court of india--judiciary

May 5, 2023
How diverse is India’s justice system?
Despite an uptick in the recruitment of women and people from SC and ST communities, the India Justice Report 2022 finds that the pace of inclusion in the justice system is glacial.
women in sarees counting money-budget 2023

February 3, 2023
Budget 2023: Capital expenditure grows at the cost of social welfare
Social sector spending falls below 20 percent for the first time since 2009 while capital expenditure increases for the third consecutive year.
banner displaying the name of an advocate against a blue wall-legal aid

January 20, 2023
Why is the quality of India’s free legal aid so poor?
India spends only INR 0.78 per capita on legal aid, which is one of the lowest in the world. Here's how it impacts lawyers providing free legal services.
Hands on a braille book_disability

September 22, 2022
Persons with disability: Undercounted and underserved
The National Family Health Survey's narrow view of disability undercounts the disabled in India and restricts their access to social welfare.
A sari-clad woman sitting outside her home_Flickr-census

July 14, 2022
Delayed census: How India’s welfare schemes are suffering
The country’s census, pending since the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19, is unlikely to be conducted anytime soon. This is creating visible data gaps, which in turn excludes people from social welfare schemes and programmes.
A photo a house in Vasad, Gujarat with a women sitting in the verandah-poverty

April 27, 2022
Who is ‘officially’ poor in India?
Households just above the poverty line in India may still be deprived in many ways. Here's why we need to adopt an alternate definition of poverty.
man holding foodgrains in hand - food subsidies

March 25, 2022
Why India’s food subsidies are not enough
The public distribution system (PDS) is one of the government’s top five expenses. Yet food subsidies are inadequate. Here’s what can be done to improve the programme.
a group of craftsman working on machines-employment

January 14, 2022
How did India’s labour policies fare in 2021?
India still lacks data on migrant workers, the new labour codes are yet to be finalised, and social security programs like NREGA remain underfunded.
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