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Helped by education, upper castes earns double than STs

Negating protagonists of the caste-based census, a new study has revealed that wide income disparity between the upper castes and SC/STs and other backward classes (OBCs) is driven more by urbanisation and education than the caste groups.

ST households accounting for eight per cent of the population of the country gross in just 5.2 per cent of national income, according to the study based on the NCAER data 2004-05.

Likewise, while SC households make up 16.8 per cent of population, they earn just 11.8 per cent of the country's income. A slightly over 41 per cent of OBCs have a claim of 37.7 per cent on the national income.

On the other hand, the upper castes who account for 34.1 per cent of the population apportion 45.4 per cent of the country's income.

While average ST household income is Rs 40,753 per year, for upper castes it is Rs 86,690 per year.These income differences are largely driven by urbanisation and education, according to 'Caste in a Different Mould'.

"Wh…

Regularisation of 1,639 colonies at the earliest: Delhi Govt

Delhi Government today said it has accelerated the process of regularising 1,639 unauthorised colonies which were given provisional regularisation certificates in 2008.

Delhi Finance Minister A K Walia said the Government has been striving hard to complete all the formalities to ensure formal regularisation of all the 1,639 colonies at the earliest.

He said soon the government will present all the required documents to Delhi High Court seeking permission to regularise the unauthorised colonies. Urban Development department will take up cases of more than 1,000 unauthorised colonies for formal regularisation in October.

Walia held a high level meeting to discuss the issue which was attended by top officials of various agencies including MCD, DDA, Planning and Urban Development department.
Directing the agencies to provide basic civic amenities at the earliest, he said lakhs of people residing in these colonies must get benefits of proper drinking water, sewerage and power.

Walia said the …

Delhi, Mumbai have best living standards in India: Survey

Delhi and Mumbai have the best living standards in the country while Orissa's Rayagada and Kandhamal districts are the worst, a survey said.

According to the survey by the Tata Strategic Management Group, central Delhi ranked first followed by New Delhi and North Delhi districts.

Mumbai and Mumbai suburban were at the fourth and fifth spots respectively.The worst living standard was in Orissa's Rayagada and Kandhamal districts, followed by Banka district in Bihar.

Tata Strategic Management Group released the report after analysing the National Sample Survey Organisation household surveys and Census 2001 data to generate the Well Being Index.

Delhi and Mumbai occupied the first five slots in the index measured on eight criteria -- education, hygiene, entertainment, communication, healthcare, transportation, home amenities and kitchen facilities.

In home amenities, North and Central Delhi were at pole position followed by South and New Delhi while East Kameng in Arunachal Pradesh and…

Cost factor makes Indians more health conscious: Study

Indians seem to be increasingly becoming health conscious these days thanks to their concerns over financial implications of falling ill, a new study has claimed.

About 48 per cent of Indians are concerned about their health as they feel falling ill would result in unnecessary expenditure, while 41 per cent of people fear for the future repercussions of having poor health today, a consumer survey by Nielsen Health & Wellness found.

The survey of 3,248 people, aged 18-55 years, also found that over half of them consider themselves overweight, but only 23 per cent have occasionally gone for dieting.

Surprisingly, only 17 per cent of respondents said they were aware of the health indicator BMI (Body Mass Index).

For nearly five in ten people surveyed, pollution was a major factor affecting their health, while 38 per cent believe bad food habit such as eating junk food has an adverse affect on health.

About 36 per cent of respondents however said smoking, alcohol consumption and lack of ex…

40% of fresh came from SMEs after economic recovery:Study

Small and medium units in the country contributed 40 per cent of fresh jobs after the economy started recovering, an Assocham study said.

During the global economic slowdown, the country's small and medium enterprises (SMEs) had laid off about one-fourth of its workforce, the study said.

"...It (SME sector) has been one of the fastest to tide over the gloom (global economic slowdown). This sector alone contributed almost 40 per cent of all jobs created in the economy thereafter," the chamber said.

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector plays a crucial role in the country's economy contributing 45 per cent to industrial output and 40 per cent to exports. There are about 26 million such enterprises employing about 60 million people.

In wake of the global slowdown, the government had provided several fiscal incentives like reduction in excise duty and subsidised interest to small units.

The global slowdown had impacted India in 2008-09, but the economy started …

Regulate private tuition centres: survey

Private tuition centres need to be brought under government regulations since such entities are raking in profits by charging exorbitant fee, according to an Assocham survey.

"The regulation has become necessary because private tutors are making money in the name of imparting skills to students and it is a secondary income for them, against which no records are kept and tax evaded," the survey results said.

Assocham said the survey is based on response of 5,000 parents and students spread across cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

The survey revealed that tuition fee have shot up considerably at primary and secondary levels.

About 90 per cent of the respondents said that for them private coaching classes come in handy.

The main cause of the increasing demand for tuitions is the high number of students per teacher. The teacher-student ratio is usually 1:50, the survey said.

"That is why a student is compelled to undertake tuitions in order to successfully complete the exami…

Delhi's unorganised service sector provides more jobs

Delhi's unorganised service sector enterprises provide more employment opportunities comparing to other states in the country, a report released today said.

The report titled 'Service Sector in Delhi' said about 6.44 lakh people are working in 2.39 lakh unorganised service sector enterprises in Delhi and the average employment per enterprise is 2.7 in the city compared to 2.0 at the national level.

The report has been brought out by Delhi Government's Directorate of Economics and Statistics on the basis of survey conducted under 63rd round of National Sample Survey.

Releasing the report, Delhi Finance Minister A K Walia said out of 2.39 lakh enterprises, nearly 1.47 lakh (61.51 per cent of total) were household enterprises and 92,166 (38.49 per cent) were establishments.

Delhi's share in total number of enterprises operating in unorganised service sector in the country is about 1.44 per cent and its rank is 17th among all the states.

Walia said out of 6.44 lakh people, …

Indian bureaucracy most inefficient in Asia: Survey

India has the most inefficient bureaucracy in Asia and red-tape is much worse than in China, says a survey.

In the ranking of 12 countries, India has been named as having the most inefficient bureaucracy followed by Indonesia and the Philippines, according to the survey of expatriate business executives conducted by the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC).

Quoting the consultancy, news agency AFP has reported that bureaucratic red-tape is a serious problem in India and China but "the differences in the political systems of these two countries have made inertia much worse in India than in China".

The ranking is based on a scale from one to 10 and a score of 10 indicates the worst possible scenario. India scored 9.41, followed by Indonesia (8.59), the Philippines (8.37), Vietnam (8.13) and China (7.93).

As per the survey, Singapore and Hong Kong with scores of 2.53 and 3.49, respectively, have the most efficient bureaucracies.Other countries ranked are M…