The opportunity cost of state health insurance schemes

Large-scale government-sponsored health insurance schemes (GSHIs) such as Ayushman Bharat are often heralded as the best way to address public health issues. But are they fiscally feasible and optimal for improving health care in India? A new National Institute of Public Finance and Policy paper by Mita Choudhury and others shows how basic healthcare can suffer following […]

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Change Is A Door to Opportunity

I just finished my annual visit with Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese. I find this simple allegory and story so timeless, relevant and helpful every time I read it. “Haw now realized that the change probably would have not taken him by surprise, if he had been watching what was happening all along, and […]

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When a law becomes the barrier to equality of opportunity

Duli Bai (left), who has studied only till Class III, is credited with many positive changes in Chenar panchayat, where she was the sarpanch from 2010-2015. She attended workshops organized for women sarpanchs to learn how panchayati raj functions. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint Sirohi, Rajasthan: Twenty-eight-year-old Saroj Kumari was set to contest the 2015 elections for […]

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Digital India Is a $1 Trillion Business Opportunity: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The government’s Digital India initiative is a $1 trillion (roughly Rs. 66,33,544 crores) business opportunity across IT and IT-enabled services, telecom and electronics manufacturing, Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Mumbai on Wednesday. “Nearly $400 billion (roughly Rs. 26,53,413 crores) will be added from the electronics manufacturing, including mobile phones, solar panels etc., while […]

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