People’s plan lacks people’s participation

The Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) was meant to ensure people participation, but most villagers don’t know about it. Lakshmiamma, a shop owner in Kumbalgodu, sits in her shop for the entire day. Unaware about the GPDP meetings, she says that she has never heard about any participatory meeting by the panchayat.  S The meetings […]

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Error 404, area not deliverable

In rural areas of India, last mile deliveries of e-commerce shipments remain an issue of concern. The market penetration for 2019 was two to three percent. Bright-neon-coloured balloons were pasted on the walls with a double-sided tape. Numerous ribbons made out of pleated crepe paper adorned the centre table while little girls—with their hair open—played […]

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MGNREGA: Job cards yet to reach the grassroots

Around 3.5 million workers sought jobs under MGNREGA in 2020 but many are yet to receive their job cards. Only 42 percent of workers under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) have received job cards under the scheme, despite an increase in demand for work, according to data provided by the Ministry of […]

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Karnataka, School Health Programs under Ayushman Bharath

Rural Bengaluru ignores health education

There are no healthcare classes and health ambassadors in Bengaluru rural schools. The Ayushman Bharath guidelines for health education are neglected in Bengaluru rural schools. School authorities have not appointed health ambassadors. A Government High School in Chikkabidarakallu said, that they do not take separate healthcare classes as it would compromise their regular class. A […]

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Dismal sports infrastructure at the grassroots

Rural athletes move to the city or drop sports completely due to lack of functional playgrounds and other facilities. Athletes from rural parts of Karnataka move to cities for better sports facilities due to broken sports design in villages. “There are zero indoor stadiums and zero hockey turfs in Bangalore Rural district,” confirmed R. Geetha, […]

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