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Putting Bangalore’s Mayoral Election in Perspective

[Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Namma Bengaluru Foundation‘s website – on the eve of Bangalore Mayoral ‘election’. While last year’s mayor (Sharadamma) was described by ExpressBuzz as an ‘obedient wife’, the newly elected mayor, Venkatesh Murthy from Padmanabhanagar, has been described as “winning elections and serving as a councillor for the past 15 years.” […]

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(Meta) Refreshing Indian Government Websites – Occupy Movement Style

It’s 2012 – eight years since Flickr showed the world how to design a pleasing, aesthetic and easy-to-use website. The new design patterns (popularly known as Web 2.0) were embraced by entire legions of product designers. Whether you were surfing your favorite social networking site, a sports fan site, or even a boring corporate site, […]

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Hunger Alleviation Lessons from Belo Horizonte

[Editor's Note: (Sep 12, 2012): According to this Newslaundry editorial, Samar Halamkar (on whose column I based this post) might have indulged in plagiarism. Until I figure out what action I need to take, I've made no changes to my original post.] “Hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food but a scarcity of […]

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Stop MNREGA for ONE year and let’s kickoff Second Green Revolution

“Stop MNREGA for one year and let’s kickoff Second Green Revolution with the corresponding budget of Rs. 40,000 crores!” Let me quickly disenchant you that a year of blogging and research on social enterprises has not made me an agricultural policy expert. The above statement was made by Dr. Ashok Gulati, a top agricultural economist […]

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RSBY: a government initiative that (Gasp!) seems to work

[Editor’s Note: RSBY expands to Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (Hindi for “National Health Insurance Policy”). The brainchild of IAS officer and Director General of Ministry of Labour and Employment, Anil Swarup, the scheme was formally launched in 2008 to provide health insurance coverage for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. I first heard Anil Swarup speak on […]

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Empaneled hospitals in RSBY Network (as of Feb 20, 2012)

State RSBY Hospitals Population Hosp. per Pop (MM) BPL Population Hosp. per BPL Pop (MM) Mizoram 87 10,91,014 79.7 4,03,675.2 215.5 Himachal Pradesh 201 68,56,509 29.3 25,36,908.3 79.2 Chhatisgarh 743 2,55,40,196 29.1 94,49,872.5 78.6 Haryana 672 2,57,53,081 26.1 95,28,640.0 70.5 Meghalaya 73 29,64,007 24.6 10,96,682.6 66.6 Gujarat 1,415 6,03,83,628 23.4 2,23,41,942.4 63.3 Punjab 514 2,77,04,236 […]

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The Complete RSBY Process Flows

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All you wanted to know about National Innovation Council but were afraid of opening a PDF

If the corporate world lives by the mantra “death by Powerpoint”, the Indian Government’s mantra is “death by PDFs”. The first year report of National Innovation Council (NInC) was released by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in November 2011. We did a brief write-up then, focusing on NInC’s primary vehicle to finance innovation – India Inclusive […]

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