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May 19, 2015
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Exclusive: What Maneka Gandhi told India’s finance minister about child welfare budget cuts

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Narendra Modi faces growing resistance from political friends and foes over some of his federal spending cuts as he nears his one-year anniversary as India’s prime minister. The government recently cut funding for programmes such as drinking water and welfare for women and children, saying that states can make better decisions on what to spend in their own backyards.

One of Modi’s opponents is his cabinet minister Maneka Gandhi, India’s women and child development minister. She has written two letters to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to complain about the government’s decision to cut her ministry’s budget in half.

May 18, 2015

Insight – Roads before welfare: India’s Modi faces dissent over spending shakeup

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – As Prime Minister Narendra Modi completes one year in office, his cuts in federal welfare spending on the poorest of India’s 1.25 billion people are coming in for sharp criticism, including from within his cabinet.

In a break with India’s socialist past, Modi has saved money on federal social and subsidy expenditure and pumped it into an infrastructure stimulus he hopes will trigger a spurt in economic growth.

May 18, 2015

Roads before welfare: Modi faces dissent over spending shakeup

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – As Prime Minister Narendra Modi completes one year in office, his cuts in federal welfare spending on the poorest of India’s 1.25 billion people are coming in for sharp criticism, including from within his cabinet.

In a break with India’s socialist past, Modi has saved money on federal social and subsidy expenditure and pumped it into an infrastructure stimulus he hopes will trigger a spurt in economic growth.

May 18, 2015

Roads before welfare: India’s Modi faces dissent over spending shakeup

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – As Prime Minister Narendra Modi completes one year in office, his cuts in federal welfare spending on the poorest of India’s 1.25 billion people are coming in for sharp criticism, including from within his cabinet.

In a break with India’s socialist past, Modi has saved money on federal social and subsidy expenditure and pumped it into an infrastructure stimulus he hopes will trigger a spurt in economic growth.

Apr 2, 2015

To stay or go? Indian nurses abroad weigh debts against danger

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Hundreds of Indian nurses caught up in Yemen’s civil war face a stark choice between returning home to financial ruin or taking a chance by staying on in more lucrative jobs that allow them to pay off their debts.

India is trying to get around 4,000 nationals, more than half of them nurses, out of Yemen, where Shi’ite Houthi fighters have swept into the southern port city of Aden despite an air campaign led by Saudi Arabia to check their advance.

Apr 1, 2015

India’s Nirodh condoms to get visual facelift

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – When it comes to the wrappers of government-supplied condoms, boring is out, attractive is in, but erotic is too much.

India is readying a redesign of the staid packaging of its half-century-old condom brand, incorporating pictures of handsome men and gorgeous women, in a desperate bid to seduce customers drawn to fancier versions sold by private firms.

Apr 1, 2015

India to repackage state-supplied condoms in bid to attract users

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – When it comes to the wrappers of India’s state-supplied condoms, boring is out, attractive is in, but erotic is too much.

India is readying a redesign of the staid packaging of its half-century-old condom brand, incorporating pictures of handsome men and gorgeous women, in a desperate bid to seduce customers drawn to fancier versions sold by private firms.

Mar 26, 2015

Exclusive: Modi government puts brakes on India’s universal health plan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion over five years, several government sources said, delaying a promise made in his election manifesto.

Modi has had to make difficult choices to boost economic growth – his government’s first full annual budget, announced last month, ramped up infrastructure spending, leaving less federal funding immediately available for social sectors.

Mar 26, 2015

Modi government puts brakes on India’s universal health plan

NEW DELHI, March 27 (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi has asked for a drastic cutback of an ambitious
health care plan after cost estimates came in at $18.5 billion
over five years, several government sources said, delaying a
promise made in his election manifesto.

Modi has had to make difficult choices to boost economic
growth – his government’s first full annual budget, announced
last month, ramped up infrastructure spending, leaving less
federal funding immediately available for social sectors.

Mar 17, 2015

India bets on mobiles in battle on maternal, child deaths

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is betting on cheap mobile phones to cut some of the world’s highest rates of maternal and child deaths, as it rolls out a campaign of voice messages delivering health advice to pregnant women and mothers.

Amid a scarcity of doctors and public hospitals, India is relying on its mobile telephone network, the second largest in the world with 950 million connections, to reach places where health workers rarely go.

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