RESILIENT POWER SUPPLY
Keeping the lights on for development
RESILIENT POWER SUPPLY : Keeping the lights on for development

In climate-vulnerable areas, the solutions proposed for electricity supply to development facilities must include technical, economic and organisational considerations.

#Energy #Climate
PRODUCTIVITY
Air pollution takes a toll on businesses

The quality of the air in our cities is reducing the productivity of companies, and diminishing consumer demand. Businesses must advocate and support efforts to tackle this.

#Public Health #Urban Environment
URBAN PLANNING
The way forward for Mumbai Metro's new lines

Thirty five kilometers of mass transit are about to be added to Mumbai Metro. Applying an economic development lens would help in the planning of areas around these upcoming lines.

#Transport #Cities #MAHARASHTRA
NON-MOTORISED TRANSPORT
A new law needed for active mobility
NON-MOTORISED TRANSPORT : A new law needed for active mobility

We cannot build a city for athletic young people and motor vehicles alone. Affirmative action for non-motoridsed transport is needed to set a clear course for an inclusive and practical imagination of our cities.

#Transport #Cities
ENERGY SECURITY
Rural LPG: On the back burner
ENERGY SECURITY : Rural LPG: On the back burner

The distribution of LPG to rural households is far from satisfactory. A comprehensive review of the performance and accountability of different institutions in the supply chain is needed.

#Energy #Health
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
ESG: A lot more S needed
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY : ESG: A lot more S needed

The social responsibility of companies is a lot more than a CSR program. It is also more than a mere Human Resources tool for employers to improve relations with employees.

#Labour Issues #OP-ED #Society
LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS
Vulnerable to more than the virus
LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS : Vulnerable to more than the virus

The Working Peoples' Charter on Coronavirus Crisis in India lists a number of steps necessary to ensure that the likely disruption to the lives and livelihoods of millions of vulnerable people is thoughtfully addressed.

#Labour Issues #Health #Livelihoods
RAILWAY FARES
IR faces more than money troubles

In a squeeze between dwindling freight revenues and large subsidies to its passengers, Indian Railways has very little room for wriggle. But the fare hike on 1 January 2020 is only a small step, and will not by itself set things right.

#Public Funds #Transport
CLEAN POWER
The road to a green economy

Is India likely to hit the ambitious targets set for the growth of renewable power generation? A compilation of data from different sources by the Prayas Energy Group shows what's working well and where greater efforts are needed.

#Energy
PUBLIC COMPANIES
Will splitting Coal India help?
PUBLIC COMPANIES : Will splitting Coal India help?

Given the changing landscape of energy production and consumption in the country, splitting Coal India into smaller entities can only be successful if a number of other steps are also taken, according to a recent Brookings Institution report.

#Energy
TAX REVENUES
Month-wise GST collections

The monthly log of Goods and Services Tax collections by the government, since the introduction of the tax in mid-2017. This page will be updated each month, as new data is published.

#Public Funds
SURPLUS POWER
Is RE becoming too much of a good thing?

As the share of renewable energy rises, it brings with it new challenges. Going forward, the management of surplus power will be critical, says a new report from the Brookings Institute.

#Energy
INLAND WATERWAYS
National waterways in need of a new course

The Centre gears up to turn the Kosi and Gandak rivers into commercial waterways. Shripad Dharmadhikary and the Manthan team report on findings from a recent visit to the region.

#Environment #BIHAR
INDIAN RAILWAYS
Rail link to coal is becoming unsustainable

In a changing landscape for power production and transmission, Indian Railways and the Government will need to make new choices, says a new report from Brookings India.

#Energy #Public Funds #Transport
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Incandescent bulbs continue to flicker

Recent research by the Prayas Energy Group shows that notwithstanding a big spike in demand for LEDs in recent years, more steps are needed to phase out incandescent bulbs.

#Energy #Environment
TEESTA STAGE III HEP
Violating laws, making losses, damaging environment

Teesta Urja’s penchant for getting into trouble and illegalities continues unabated. Soumik Dutta reports.

#Environment #SIKKIM
ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS
Major problems of our time are all interconnected

Recently Darryl D’Monte interviewed the famous physicist Fritjof Capra at the annual meet of Greenaccord international environmental journalists in Italy. Here he reports on Capra’s separate remarks about the environment, along with quotes from his books and blogs.

#Environment #Society
LABOUR WAGES
Decoding the code on wages

This past August the Code on Wages was introduced in the Lok Sabha and subsequently referred to the Standing Committee on Labour for examination. Vinayak Krishnan of PRS Legislative explains the Code and its pros and cons.

#Labour Issues #Laws
BLACK MONEY
Demonetisation and the Rule of Law

Demonetisation is primarily about the Rule of Law in our country and the capacity of the state to ensure, and abide by, the Rule of Law, comments Harish Narasappa.

#Government
25 YEARS OF LIBERALISATION
Have we gained or lost?
25 YEARS OF LIBERALISATION : Have we gained or lost?

Pradeep Baisakh looks at the effects of the economic reforms started 25 years ago.

#Government
COAL POWER PLANTS
Water guzzlers in water-stressed areas

This summer, stories of the impacts of drought and water scarcity highlighting the conditions of farmers, cattle, and domestic water supplies in villages, towns and cities have been regular. What is not reported is the situation with industries, particularly the coal based thermal power plants, reports Shripad Dharmadhikary.

#Environment
SKILL DEVELOPMENT – II
The skills journey: A long history but no destination in sight

In the second and concluding part of his exposition on India’s skill development efforts, Shambhu Ghatak traces the journey under the UPA and NDA governments, only to find that while the thrust remains the same, the end is far from sight.

#Education #Livelihoods
SKILL DEVELOPMENT
The gap between where we are and where we want to be

The Skill India Mission aims to provide skills training to around 402 million people by the year 2022. In the first of a two-part series, Shambhu Ghatak upholds estimates of skilled workforce from various reports to highlight the yawning gap that needs to be bridged.

#Education #Livelihoods

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