Sixty percent of rural households do not have access to toilet facility even after 66 years of independence

Among the reasons that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won electoral support in Delhi may have been its pledges to provide 700 litres of free drinking water each day along with a 50% reduction in electricity tariff.

The situation is, however, far better in urban India as less than 9% of the population lacks the facility

As many as 60 per cent of rural households do not have access to a toilet facility even after 66 years of independence, show official data.
The situation is better in urban India, with less than nine per cent lacking the facility.

Maharashtra accounts for 23 per cent of total slum population, followed by Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal

Just under nine million households, or roughly one-eighth of India’s urban population, lives in a slum, according to data from the latest round of the National Sample Survey released on Tuesday. The number is significantly lower than the 14 million slum households identified by the Census in 2011.

New data on the status of drinking water and sanitation released by the National Sample Survey Organisation on Tuesday indicated a far better state of affairs than that is detailed in the 2011 Cens

This fifth all-India survey of NSSO on urban slums in the country consists of information relating to July to December 2012 on key characteristics of slums such as number of slums, approximate number of households living in the slums, proportion of slums without electricity, etc.

59.4 per cent and 8.8 per cent households in rural India and urban India, respectively, had no latrine facilities, says this 69th round NSSO survey report on drinking water, sanitation, hygiene and housing condition in India

An internal analysis in the Planning Commission shows that India can eliminate the poverty gap by spending just a fraction of its annual anti-poverty budget instead of inaugurating new anti-poverty

Dwarfing the government’s oft-quoted estimate that 20-30% of subsidised grain disbursed to the poor is siphoned away, the farm ministry’s Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) has now

Country’s Hunger Index Has Dropped Three Points, But Stays In ‘Alarming’ Category: Global Hunger Report

In a striking irony, the number of hungry people in the world was estimated at 842 million in 2011-13 in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) report released on Monday even as world cereal production was estimated at a near record level of 2,489 million metric tons a few days ago. About a quarter of the world’s hungry, or 210 million, are in India alone.

Three Congress ruled States in the northeast have achieved the dubious distinction of being the “least developed” States.

A committee appointed by the Union Finance Ministry has identified Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya and seven other States across the country as “least developed”.