Increase the green cover

News  Although the recently released India State of Forests report, 2021 has shown an expansion in the forest cover but there are some apprehensions regarding these estimates.  Why there are apprehensions regarding findings of the report?  Majority of this increase in vegetation has occurred in the “open forests” category where a tree canopy of just above 10… Continue reading Increase the green cover

Farm reforms need not be a lost cause in India

News: Recently, a lawsuit against the Patiala Central Cooperative Bank was heard by India’s Supreme Court. This case drew attention to an attitudinal problem in the farm sector. What is the issue between farmers and Patiala Central Cooperative Bank? The bank sought to pay less compensation than what was ordered by a High Court. The… Continue reading Farm reforms need not be a lost cause in India

Grow the pie-Rising Inequality per se isn’t a problem if economic growth raises income over all

News  Oxfam International and its India unit have recently brought out reports on inequality.   However, the are some apprehensions regarding this report.  What are the issues with the Oxfam report?  Problem with measure of inequality-Oxfam has used wealth, not income, as the parameter.  The problem with this approach is that it is heavily dependent on the… Continue reading Grow the pie-Rising Inequality per se isn’t a problem if economic growth raises income over all

The Silver Line project is anti-development

News  Kerala government has recently announced a rail project named Silver Line.  This has received some aversive reactions from ecologists, engineers, activists and citizens which include Madhav Gadgil, E. Sreedharan, Prashant Bhushan and Medha Patkar, etc.  What are the concerns regarding Silverline project?  Concern of flooding– Mr. Sreedharan, perhaps India’s most famous railway engineer has put forth the view that… Continue reading The Silver Line project is anti-development

Assure basic scientific research its due supply of oxygen

News: Investment in basic science has helped the USA. Similarly, National Research Foundation (NRF) can help India in basic scientific research. How investment in science helped the USA? In 1941, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD). It was given unlimited access to funds with a broad mandate… Continue reading Assure basic scientific research its due supply of oxygen

BS Number Wise: India’s labour, capital paradox

News: Many sectors in India are showing improvements in labor productivity. On the other hand, employing a lesser number of laborers with no improvement in capital investment. This article shows how India is reinforcing Lewis’s argument about labor productivity. What was Arthur Lewis model of development? In 1954, Arthur Lewis presented a model to explain… Continue reading BS Number Wise: India’s labour, capital paradox

“Just what the doctor ordered for the livestock farmers”

News  According to the twentieth livestock census around 95.8% of livestock population in India is concentrated in rural areas. This makes access to veterinary services, a major challenge.  To mitigate this problem, Government has introduced Mobile Veterinary Units (MVUs) under the revised provisions of Livestock Health and Disease Control (LH&DC) programme.  What are MVUs?  MVU are vans which are equipped with veterinarian and… Continue reading “Just what the doctor ordered for the livestock farmers”

Domestic hazardous waste: Toxic ignorance: Most Indian cities way off segregating domestic hazardous waste

News: In the absence of a robust framework and infrastructure, segregation of domestic hazardous waste remains a distant dream for most Indian cities What are the concerns associated with handling domestic hazardous waste? No proper disposal: Harmful chemicals like sanitisers, power bulbs have become the norm. And often people don’t exercise care while disposing of them.… Continue reading Domestic hazardous waste: Toxic ignorance: Most Indian cities way off segregating domestic hazardous waste

It’s time for the world to reform capitalism from within

News: Pandemic has highlighted the need to reform capitalism to make it work for everyone and to make the world a better place to live in. Why there is a need for reforms in capitalism? Though Capitalism had helped in incentivizing science to develop and produce vaccines in record time, it also disincentivized allocation and… Continue reading It’s time for the world to reform capitalism from within

Some unemployment puzzles

News: India’s unemployment problem is not reflected in its unemployment rate. Its problem lies in the low employment rate and its discouraged young female labor force. Why the unemployment rate is not India’s most important labor market indicator? The unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in December 2021. This does not mean that the remaining 92.1… Continue reading Some unemployment puzzles