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Bt Cotton: Farmers' Reactions

A field study in Andhra Pradesh elicited the views of farmers in two districts in the state on the efficacy of Bt cotton in withstanding pest attacks, use of pesticides, compliance with government norms, and farmers' willingness to continue with cultivation of Bt cotton in the coming seasons.

Adoption Laws: Need for Reform

The adoption controversy that erupted last year drew attention to the many ills that clog the wheels of adoption in India. But merely punishing the guilty will not ensure sweeping changes. At the very outset, the need for change must recognise the disparities that exist, as for instance, the procedural differences between in-country vs inter-country adoption processes. It must also involve all actors in the system including the children themselves.

Information Technology for Development

Andhra Pradesh has rolled out major facilitating measures to boost investment in information technology in the state, including infrastructure, training, incentives and amendments to labour laws. It has thus become the potential role model for other states as India attempts to harness the use of IT in the evolution of knowledge state.

Quality of Reproductive Care in Private Hospitals in Andhra Pradesh

An exit survey conducted in private hospitals in Andhra Pradesh on the quality of reproductive care yielded valuable insights on women's perceptions of quality of care. The information so generated is a useful input in any attempt to institute standardisation of practices in medicare institutions.

New Populism and Liberalisation

Political compulsions faced by a government in times of liberalisation often have an impact on economic reforms. This paper examines Chandrababu Naidu's regime in Andhra Pradesh and the task it has cut out for itself in carrying forward the liberalisation agenda while tackling popular compulsions. It also examines the character of the regime shift in seeking to incorporate different societal sections into its fold by carving out new political and social constituencies for its liberalisation reforms.

Andhra Pradesh : Continuing Militancy in Telangana

The long-drawn political militancy in Andhra Pradesh's Telangana region has pitted the police and the People's War against each other. The resulting loss of lives, most of them innocent victims, either killed in police encounters or as punishment meted out by the Naxalites themselves, evokes little concern from either side.

Environment and Accountability

While there are several empirical studies on agriculture-related environmental problems, such as soil degradation and wind and water erosion, only a few studies have dealt with environmental problems in the agricultural sector due to industrial pollution. The difference is that the first set of problems are intra-sectoral while the second is intersectoral. This paper attempts to study the environmental impact of water pollution on rural communities in general and on agricultural production, human health, and livestock in particular. Some important issues in this regard are (a) linkages between industrial development and changes in the micro (local) environment; (b) damage to crops and animal husbandry due to industrial pollution; and (c) impact on health and sanitation in rural communities. These issues are studied in detail with the help of primary data collected from a pollution-affected village in Andhra Pradesh.

Targeting and Efficiency in the Public Distribution System

This paper compares the public distribution of food in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Based on the 50th round of National Sample Survey (NSS) household consumption survey data, the authors examine differences in utilisation, extent of targeting, magnitude of income transfers and the cost-effectiveness of food subsidies. The findings suggest policy reforms in favour of self-targeting and greater operational efficiency.

A Tough Law for Other People's Crime

The state that has enacted a fresh law to control crime syndicates in Andhra Pradesh is not an innocent victim of such syndicates nor a beleaguered administration frustrated by mafia gangs beyond its control. It is itself a major patron and protector of a variety of crime syndicates, notwithstanding the air of injured innocence it puts on when asked to explain its latest legislative adventure.

Andhra Pradesh: Looking beyond Vision 2020

Where landlessness and exploitative informal tenancy relationships are the major causes of acute rural poverty and where the bureaucracy has a proven track-record of not reaching the lowest layers of the poor, without land reforms and empowerment of panchayats the best intentions of the Andhra Pradesh government will not give the desired results, leading to enormous investment in the rural sector yielding sub-optimal social returns.

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