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Managing variable demands for electricity: More layers of complexity

Posted on:28-06-14

Last week’s blog evoked plenty of reaction. Obviously, discussions on the power sector touched a responsive chord.  Read more »

Rotary motion, electrical power and… money??

Posted on:21-06-14

I ended last week’s blog with the observation that production of electrical power nearly always involves some form of rotary motion. At first sight, one might wonder whether this is a blog on public finance, or is to assist 8th Standard students in understanding the basics of electricity. Read more »

The way the coin turns – a story of the power sector

Posted on:13-06-14

Last week, two nagging issues of public importance forced their way into prominence. The first, based on the repeated and long power cuts in Delhi, was the alleged failure of the government to anticipate and remedy the shortage of electric power. The second was a more localized failure, that of garbage disposal in Bangalore. The villagers of Mandur, located on the outskirts of the city, have been resisting the disposal of garbage in an unscientific land-fill in their locality, resulting in stockpiles of rubbish clogging the city. Read more »

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission saga continues. Where did I put those conditionalities?

Posted on:06-06-14

In the beginning, the Government of India did not insist that States ought to implement the conditionalities imposed by it, for securing funds under the JNNURM. A period of adjustment was given to States, to implement the two directives of the Government of India, namely, to enact a public disclosure law and a law for public participation. Read more »

Reform or else: the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and the death of an idea

Posted on:01-06-14

Today, the Government of India has announced that it will scrap the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and replace it with a new scheme for building a hundred smart cities. This signals the death of an idea and possibly, the rolling out of a new one. Read more »

How a local database was undermined; the death of the local Aadhar

Posted on:23-05-14

This story does not have a happy ending.

My blogs over the past few weeks described how the Panchayat members in Karnataka conducted participative surveys in their constituencies, to create local databases of families. We were struck by the enthusiasm shown by Panchayat members in collecting data from their constituencies. Some of the innovations, such as the practice of taking pictures of people standing in front of their houses and adding these to the database, were picked up and replicated in several Panchayats. Read more »

The local Aadhar; how the campaign was conducted

Posted on:09-05-14

In this blog, I continue the story of how, in 2003, Panchayat members conducted participative surveys across all Panchayats in Karnataka to create local databases of families. This was done as part of the BPL survey, which is undertaken every five years to determine how many people live below the poverty line. Read more »

A Grassroots Aadhar; the story continues

Posted on:02-05-14

In last week’s blog, I described how in 2003, in Karnataka a format was designed for panchayat representatives to undertake the BPL survey of rural families by themselves. I was serving in the rural development department of the State at the time. Opting to assign this task to elected representatives – it had never been done before – was prompted by two reasons; First surveys by officials in the past had been wildly inaccurate and second, if all eighty thousand Gram Panchayat elected representatives participated in the survey, it would mean that each individual would have to survey only about 100 families; an entirely manageable task. Read more »

A Grassroots Aadhar

Posted on:26-04-14

Is data difficult to collect and maintain? A lot of people in the business of data would argue that it is. However, I learnt my most important lesson in the creation and maintenance of data locally more than a decade back, when the Aadhar approach was still far in the future. Read more »

Government data; a classic oxymoron

Posted on:18-04-14

Recently, Alex Paul Menon, an IAS officer now posted in Chhattisgarh, wrote about his experiences about helping poor communities help themselves to accelerate local development. You can read the full article here: Read more »