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Inequities in Health, Agrarian Distress and a Policy of Avoidance

The absence of first level healthcare facilities and the high cost of treating even routine illnesses are the immediate problems in the existing healthcare system as also the fact that high costs do not necessarily imply reliability of treatment. No insurance scheme or altruistic healthcare providers can address these problems. The solution lies in strengthening the public healthcare system.

Rejuvenating Agriculture with the Help of the Small Farmer

The small farmer might be the solution to the ongoing crisis in the farming sector in India. Policies need to be geared towards helping small farmers perform agricultural operations and marketing their products with greater efficiency. Instead, current policies are hoping to dispossess farmers of their livelihood and push them into some hitherto non-existent industrial gulag.

Reorienting Tribal Development-Administrative Dilemmas

Administrative Dilemmas Faced with an unprecedented situation, the large-scale death of tribal children, the Maharashtra government initiated a new set of rules for administrative functioning. The new rules, however, were seriously contested, revealing that many rules of day-to-day bureaucratic functioning are underpinned by a comprehensive political agenda.

More on EGS

More on EGS Meeta Rajivlochan WE are grateful that S Mahendra Dev and M L Dantwala read our remarks (EPW, January 13-20, 1996) with care and found time to comment upon them (EPW, March 2, 1996). However, as was evident in our remarks, the differences with Mahendra Dev are on the substance of what he calls his "critical evaluation of the EGS". We find fault with his judgment about the relative weight ascribed to different factors in understanding the functioning of the scheme and the absences in his evaluation. Not for a moment did we presume his paper to be a comprehensive review of the EGS. We do not doubt that it was the result of a collective effort involving wisdom from a number of seminars and input from many reliable sources. Our comments too are beholden to the efforts of others. However, we alone are responsible for the interpretations.

Employment Guarantee Scheme

Employment Guarantee Scheme Meeta Rajivlochan S MAHENDRA DEV's review of the Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) in Maharashtra ('Alleviating Poverty', EPW, October 14-21, 1995) requires careful scrutiny since much of it is based on data from the 1980s. Over the years there have been many changes in the actual practice of the EGS which render, from a contemporary perspective, the author's review suspect on many counts. He is factually incorrect about many of the problems that he notices in the implementation of the EGS, makes a number of incorrect presumptions in evaluating the functioning of the scheme and seems to be too casual about some of the problems that, if not resolved soon enough, might result in serious setbacks in the functioning of the EGS in the future. To pick on just a few:

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