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  • How Can Chennai Listen Better to Data? A Case for Putting Data to Work in Cities

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    During a recent brainstorming exercise on ‘designing interventions to improve the status of Solid Waste Management’ in a pilot ward in a city near Chennai, we came across an interesting array of data on a range of parameters starting from the type of vehicles available for garbage collection and transportation, amount of money spent on fuel per day, number...

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  • Breastfeeding in India

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    “Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers” – WHO, 2015. The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, as this practice is known to stimulate brain development,...

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  • Field Observations on Barriers to Exclusive Breastfeeding

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    (Findings are from an Exploratory Research in Tamil Nadu) Breastfeeding of infants is an accepted global policy priority for reducing the infant mortality rate and the recommendation to exclusively breastfeed until around six month of age has been adopted by many countries including India. The evidence regarding the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for both the mother and baby is...

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  • Are we ready for Direct Benefit Transfer through Aadhaar?

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    In an interesting development, the Central Government has decided to move forward on Aadhaar based DBT for PDS. The positive experience on DBT for LPG could have been a driver for this. While this will be rolled out in identified UTs starting September, each State Government will be commencing a pilot project for Aadhaar based PDS DBT in one...

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