Social sector

Hollow promises

Print edition : August 08, 2014

A child selling illustrated books inside a train in Chennai. The continuing inability to universalise school education and prevent dropouts is a reflection of the basic lack of public funding. Photo: M. Karunakaran

At a primary health centre in Agartala. Even with huge dependence on private spending on health services, India's health outcome indicators are poor and show very slow improvement for a country that has been growing so rapidly for two decades. Photo: PTI

There is a decline in real terms in the budget allocations to crucial areas of the social sector.
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