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This article by r.i.c.e. researchers Sangita Vyas and Aashish Gupta addresses some popular myths around the use of traditional chulha (earthen/brick stove) and why there is a reluctance to switch over to LPG stoves. This reluctance is observed even when LPG stove

Ignorance and denial has transformed the problem of air pollution  in India from a meek cat into an assertive tiger.   In this review of Air-Pollution, Climate Change and India's Choice Between Policy and Pretence, by RICE Co-Executive Director Dean Spears,

India's Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) that asks household-level questions greatly underestimates open defecation among households with latrines.  In this article by Sangita Vyas, Reseach Fellow at RICE, the author lays out the research methods  and results set forth in

On October 2, 2014, Prime Minister Modi gave a clarion call to make India open defecation free by the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Now that Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary is approaching, Rukmini S explores how far has

Extreme events that have an immediate impact and long-term effect of rising temperatures are endangering lives and crippling economic activity in India.  In this article, the authors cite findings from the new book by r.i.c.e.  Executive Director Dean Spears, "Air:

Provision of eggs will ensure that girls and boys eat nutritious food in equal amounts and in unison, thereby upending the patriarchal norm of women eating last and least in the household.  Findings from the SARI Survey conducted by r.i.c.e.

In this article, Simantini Dey highlights several new books released in June, 2019.  One that is recommended is "Air (Pollution, Climate Change and India's Choice Between Policy and Pretence)" by Dean Spears.  Read more ...

Pradham Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is a programme which started in May, 2016 to assist below-poverty-line households in obtaining LPG to cook in place of traditional fuels.  These fuels, such as firewood, cow dung and dry grass, when used in cooking,

On the face of it, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana has accomplished a lot.  Since the scheme was launched on May 1, 2016, more than 7 crore households have received subsidized cooking gas (LPG) connections.  Over 82% of those who got

The Government of India's Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, launched in 2016 in order to promote the use of clean cooking fuel to villagers by subsidizing liquid petroleum gas (LPG) connections, and thus reduce exposure to "harmful" indoor air pollution, has

In this OpEd piece, Nikhil Srivastav, r.i.c.e. Research Manager, argues that, if the Ujjwala LPG-connection scheme is to accomplish its goals of improvement of cooking conditions for women and enhancement of Indian citizens’ health, then the government needs to work

Eighty-five percent of Ujjwala beneficiaries are still using chulhas according to a survey by r.i.c.e.   The survey shows that most rural households that received LPG connections still tend to use the chulhas because they do not have the financial capacity to

The widespread use of solid fuels such as wood and dung for cooking pollutes households and adds to India’s disease burden. To tackle this, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was launched in May 2016 to promote clean cooking by providing poor women

The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY) is being touted in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) election campaigning as one of the big successes of the incumbent government.  The hidden truth is that most rural households with LPG (liquiefied petroleum gas)

This article highlights excerpts from  a recent paper “Open defecation: Manual scavenging’s legacy in rural India” by Payal Hathi and Diane Coffey of rice.  The paper is based on the results of a mobile phone survey, called Social Attitudes Research, India

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