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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Welcome to India: a nation of national shames

“The results of this survey are both worrying and encouraging.” As I read the above gem from the transcript of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s speech on the release of the HUNGaMA report (see What we can expect from the HUNGaMA survey), I was reminded of my high school civics textbook — “Our constitution is rigid …

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