Literacy rate at 71% in rural India, 86 % in urban: Survey

 Literacy rate in rural areas was pegged at 71 per cent last year, compared to 86 per cent in urban areas, while among the age group of seven years and above, male literacy rate was found higher than the female literacy rate, according to NSSO survey released on Tuesday.

`NSSO asked to assess extent of drug abuse in Punjab, Manipur`

The government has asked National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) to carry out an advanced pilot survey in Punjab and Manipur to assess the extent of drug abuse, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

Economic Survey 2013-14: India needs to unleash labour reforms to create jobs

India needs to unleash second generation labour reforms and capitalise on demographic advantage for creating new firms and jobs, a government document said Wednesday.

66 years post-Independence, 59.4 percent rural Indians have no latrines

At a time when the government talks about inclusive growth, more than 66 years after Independence almost 60 percent of people staying in rural India do not have access to latrine facilities, official data released here Tuesday showed.

Overall unemployment rate in cities, town comes down: Study

Unemployment rate among men rose sharply in Agra, Ludhiana and Meerut during the five year period ending 2009-10.

Economic disparity in India

"An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics", once said a great Greek historian Plutarch. Being a resource rich country, many parts of India still suffers from malnutrition, poverty and many other concerning problems, with the rich are getting richer and poor getting poorer.

40% of rural India lives on Rs 33 a day

Forty percent of rural India lives on Rs.33 a day, official data showed Wednesday, exposing the hollowness of the tall claims of economic reforms and inclusive growth.

60% of rural India lives on less than Rs 35 a day

About 60 percent of India's rural population lives on less than Rs 35 a day and nearly as many in cities live on Rs 66 a day, reveals a government survey on income and expenditure.