Category: Research

The budget’s ecological bankruptcy

July 23, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The NDA’s first budget has thrown a few sops in the direction of the environment and the millions dependent on it. But much like its predecessors, in painting the big picture it remains embarrassingly devoid of innovative ideas on how to move India towards ecological sustainability and justice “While 2015 will be a landmark year […]

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Tourism turning into a prime mover in Kerala with impact on economy expanding at a faster pace.

July 4, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Since more than a decade, Tourism has been a major contribution of foreign exchange earnings of the state. But last few years has witnessed sharp growth in Tourism industry with total revenue generated from Tourism (Direct & indirect) increasing from Rs. 13,130 crores in 2008 to Rs. 20,430.0 crores in 2012. Of this, while foreign […]

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Shocking decline in food crop base of Kerala : A cause of extreme concern

June 27, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The shocking decline in share of staple food crops in the Net Sown Area (NSA) of Kerala across the last few decades should be a cause of grave concern for the policy makers in Kerala. According to statistics provided by state planning board, share of rice tapioca and pulses have sharply declined viz a viz […]

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Unemployment situation worsening in Kerala

June 23, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Unemployment situation in Kerala has been worsening over the years. According to the figures quoted in the Economic review 2013, the total number of work seekers in Kerala has risen to 44.99 lakh by 31st December 2012. Total number of work seekers in Kerala was 36.70 lakh persons in 2005. (refer table below) Table                                                                                                       Total […]

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We hypocrites, thrive on income from liquor, but exhort that we are for prohibition.

June 16, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

We Keralites are Hypocrites. Our main source of income is  liquour. We keralites thrive on income from liquor. In 2012-13, Kerala’s own tax revenue was Rs. 30,076.81 crores. During the same year, the Kerala State Beverages Corporation, the monopoly  in the area of sale of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) contributed RFs. 7240 crores o […]

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Unbridled increase in Motor vehicle Population in Kerala : A cause of grave concern

June 9, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The unbridled increase in motor vehicle population in Kerala during the last decade, against only a nominal increase in road length has been causing serious concern regarding road safety in Kerala. While road length in Kerala increased by 66 percent between 2005-06 and 2012-13 (from 1,60,944 km to 2,43,373 km in 2012-13), the motor vehicle […]

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Sharp increase in liquor consumption in Kerala, triggered by domestic migrant labour?

May 26, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

With the decision of the state government to withhold licenses of 418 bars in Kerala, the debate regarding liquor consumption and its impact on different sections of the population has been receiving much attention. Eventhough up to date data is not available on the total liquor consumption in the state, timely data  is readily available […]

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Kerala turning into a labour friendly state?

May 19, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

If statistics provided by the State Planning Board are to be believed, gone are the days when Kerala was treated as a state hostile towards investors primarily due to the hostile labour conditions prevailing in the state. Figures provided by the Planning board clearly point towards an encouraging labour friendly atmosphere in the state. For […]

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Irrigation projects in Kerala : Mammoth monuments of corruption

May 14, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

A close look at the progress of major irrigation projects in Kerala across years would clearly reveal that these projects have ended up as mammoth monuments of corruption. Specific cases have been that of the Karapuzha irrigation project, Muvattupuzha valley irrigation project, Idamalayar irrigation project and Banasurasagar irrigation project. These four irrigation projects, works for […]

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Decentralization process in Kerala getting scuttled ? Abysmal decline in expenditure by Local Self Governments in Kerala

April 17, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

The expenditure of more than 1000 local self governments (LSGs) in Kerala has touched rock bottom levels. In 2012-13, Out of total allocation of funds to the tune of Rs. 8896.7 crores to the LSGs from different sources including the State Government /Central Government and other agencies, only 47.3 percent (rs.4066.87 crores) was expended. This […]

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