Decentralization is the transfer of powers and responsibilities from the central government to the elected authorities at the subnational level.
With increased urbanisation, India is experiencing acute air pollution in its urban centres.
India has over 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats, which manage the governance of over 6,64,000 villages spread across the country.
Dahanu, an ecologically fragile area about 120 km from Mumbai, in Maharashtra’s Palghar district witnessed massive protests in 2019. Over 59 gram panchayats were opposing the land diversion to high-tech infrastructure projects.
Uttarakhand glacier disaster: Death toll rises to 58 as rescue operation continues
The pandemic and the inadequate measures to contain it have created a multidimensional crisis – economic, nutritional and in the field of education -- in addition to the original, and still ongoing health crisis.
An analysis was done by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) of winter pollution (until January 26, 2021) in India’s five southern states - a vulnerable but poorly monitored region from the air quality perspective.
COVID-19 pandemic brought clean water, basic hygiene practices and sanitation to the centre stage with these becoming crucial to deal with the health crisis.
The agriculture sector is confronted with high price volatility, low returns, low productivity and weather risks.
To revive India’s growth story and to cash in on our rapidly closing demographic dividend window, Prof Santosh Mehrotra, a human development economist suggests four essential proposals that must be included in the Budget 2021. This includes an increased expenditure in infrastructure, health sector and an urban employment guarantee programme.