Chitrakoot (Uttar Pradesh): An electricity meter hangs on the mud wall of Deenbandhu’s house in Goiya Khurd village in Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot, one of the most backward districts of India. Similar meters are installed at many houses in Goiya Khurd, but none connected to the grid. Electricity poles have not yet reached …Read More
Mumbai’s Mahim creek, coloured black with untreated sewage and industrial effluent. The city treats less than half its sewage–one of India’s best rates–and the Maharashtra government has declared Mumbai free of open defecation, which, however, continues Mumbai and New Delhi: As many as 62,329 toilets were built every day over the last four …Read More
Ramsajeevan Prajapati, 42, started working under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in 2005 to support his family of nine. He was promised he would get paid every eight days. However, he said, he has not received wages in six months, or the Rs 2,000 due to him from the preceding year.
Bachcha Lal’s shirt hung loosely over his frail body, exposing his sunken collarbones, as he stood outside his straw-thatched home in central Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) Bundelkhand region. “They all rely on me,” he said, pointing towards his tubercular son, daughter-in-law and grand-daughter. Illiterate and a landless labourer, 65-year-old Lal makes about Rs 175 a day …Read More