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Desai opinion piece published in The Hindu

More thoughtful organization of government services needed in order to improve outcomes in India

According to an opinion piece in The Hindu, co-authored by MPRC faculty associate Sonalde Desai, improved education and health outcomes were expected in India after the implementation of new government programs such as the Right to Education Act (2010) and the National Rural Health Mission (2005). But results from the India Human Development Survey indicate that despite substantial expenditures, these programs have not been successful in improving key health and education measures. Parents and patients in India are increasingly disenchanted with government services and are turning to private schools and medical facilities instead. The authors call for more “thoughtful organization of services” in order to reap the best benefit from government-funded programs.

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