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At the end of the PM’s announcement of India’s countrywide lockdown last month, he reminded us of the importance of health workers as we cope with the rapid spread of Covid-19, and announced a Rs 15,000 crore allocation for health

In recent years, electricity generation from coal has rapidly increased in India.  Sangita Vyas, r.i.c.e. Research Fellow,  explores the consequences of India’s large and ongoing coal plant expansion on child health and human capital. It finds that children who are

Some Indians, including some in the government, now believe that a registry of citizens should exist and should be used to govern.   How capable is the Indian state at drawing up accurate lists?  In this article, R.I.C.E. Research Fellow, Nikhil Srivastav,

The last decade saw a profusion of writing on science and nature, environment and climate change, medicine and sport. As the last decade was ending, The Hindu took a look at what it considers the top 10 non-fiction books, written

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

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