Primary Healthcare Centres in rural UP under-stocked, patients forced to buy expensive medicines from private pharmacies
Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in the country, has only 3621 functioning PHCs — a shortfall of 30%, as there is a requirement of 5194 PHCs in the state. These existing PHCs, as few as they are, are also providing only inadequate services. A Planning Commission report found that 66.67% of all beneficiaries expressed non-availability of medicines as one of their primary reasons for dissatisfaction with the functioning of PHCs.
These images of Hanuman have spawned overnight on various social media platforms, after members of the BJP, including UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, called Hanuman a Dalit.
#MeToo Bundelkhand: Three stories of women at work in the hinterland show dark lining below social, economic change
What does the workplace look like for these women who are resetting centuries of gender, class and caste oppression? Can they speak truth to power as we hear women in other places speaking? Or is silence a small price for the slow-moving liberties that they have gained? What shape can #MeToo take here?
This is the story of Neetu Shukla, a young and ambitious working woman, a favoured bread-winner of the family, who eventually paid the price for being a young, ambitious working woman, with her life.
As the state and central government push to address issues of population growth and family planning by incentivising the sterilisation of women, there fails to be an equal provision of safe medical services.
In the small, dusty village of Sugira, in the district of Mahoba in Bundelkhand, lives an India Book of Records title holder. Uttam Singh Yadav wrote himself into the pages of history by walking up and down 151 stairs on his hands, a feat that gave him the title of ‘Longest Walk on Hands — by a Disabled Person’.
#MeToo narratives from Uttar Pradesh's hinterland: Laying bare the realities of a deeply patriarchal culture
Khabar Lahariya brings to Firstpost #MeToo Bundelkhand, an exclusive two-part series laying bare the realities of our deeply patriarchal culture, and how that plays out for working women in small town/rural Uttar Pradesh.
The Primary Health Centre in the small village of Chirai, Varanasi has a serious simian problem; monkeys have settled down on its roof and are terrorising the occupants and nearby residents.
MP Assembly election: On poll result day, women of Bundelkhand refrained from joining crowds outside counting centres
On 11 December, the country’s eyes were on Madhya Pradesh as 51 polling centres crunched the numbers of votes cast in the state assembly elections. Incumbent party BJP and the Congress were in a head-to-head battle until the last minute; the seat-count in favour of each party see-sawing wildly throughout the day. Outside the vote counting centres, it was a nail-biting and hair-raising atmosphere — kind of a roller-coaster — that many locals experienced, until the final victory lap was firmly placed with the Congress. Crowds gathered of both young and old, from near and far, favouring different political parties — but the throng was a sea of men. Where were the women?
Illegal sand mining: How a few deaths are mere collateral damage to Bundelkhand's thriving sand mafia
A few hours before dawn broke on Bundelkhand’s horizon on 20 November, a truck filled with sand was speeding down the highway when it hit, and consequently killed, a labourer in Banda, a Bundelkhand district in Uttar Pradesh. There have been similar accidents all over Uttar Pradesh in the last few years. In Bundelkhand, these cases have often been tied up with the hugely active sand trade, and hence mafia – “paise waalon ki balu mafia”, in local parlance.
Despite SC intervention, conditions of women's shelters and old-age homes remain a cause for concern in Bundelkhand
The Swadhar Greh scheme was last updated in 2001 to provide safe shelter to women deserted without social or economic support – usually survivors of domestic violence and/or other forms of exploitation. The scheme allows for up to Rs 12,86,000 in remuneration of recurring expenses (rent, food, recreational activities) every year for every 30 residents that a shelter houses. It isn’t hard to see how manipulating the system could wield considerable profits. The system does not bode well for senior citizens in UP either, another vulnerable populace of the state.
Suicide of a TB patient due to lack of affordable treatment in Bundelkhand, brings to light the severe shortcomings of the rural healthcare system
Provided to the poor free of charge, at least on paper, the execution of the programme in rural spaces has severe shortcomings. ASHA workers – the official point of contact between the people and the state machinery, and essentially the backbone of the government’s TB control programme – are usually more driven to achieve impressive numbers, rather than facilitating comprehensive treatment. Many of them do not even care to visit the smaller, remote villages and hamlets that come under their jurisdiction, often leaving the poorest of the poor at the mercy of their own fates.
No straight fight for Congress and BJP in Bundelkhand; SP, BSP add new twists and turns to Madhya Pradesh polls
It's not only the geographical and social features that sets the Bundelkhand region apart from the rest of Madhya Pradesh, leaders believe the electoral politics is also much different here
Varanasi's Mokulpur village gets its electricity from a criss-cross of high voltage wires delicately balanced on flimsy bamboo sticks thrust into the ground.
In 2016, the residents of Dhaurhara were notified that the government had issued regulations to deal with dengue fever. Under this, the additional chief medical officers of all the districts of Uttar Pradesh were considered as the controlling authority. In district hospitals, it was mandatory to provide with 10 beds for dengue patients and at the Community Health Centres, this number was billed at five. In 2017, when the state government changed, Dhaurhara was not informed of any changes in this planning.
Made to pay for welfare schemes, a Bundelkhand village protests against years of corrupt administration
The chunk of the gaps and allegations are centred on the celebrated Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana Gramin (PMAY-G), though other policies have seen funds embezzlement too. According to Bhadehdu’s residents, they have even been made to pay to avail the benefits of government welfare schemes, which are meant to be free.
Scrolling through a few regular WhatsApp windows in local Bundelkhand could give more than a few fiction writers more than their fair share of story ideas. Snippets of juicy, enticing information masquerading as news – there’s even a term for it, WhatsApp news, aka ‘Whats App mein padha tha, khoob chal raha hai’ – that are, needless to say, untrue and extremely harmful, again needless to say.
Despite an overall feminisation of agriculture, due to the increasing migration of men from villages, only 13% of rural women own land in their own name.
The rising fuel prices become part of the vicious cycle in turn affecting rents, vegetable sales, yield output, and transport – for a small farmer who rents tractors for the fields and then trucks for the ferrying-to-markets, this is a crippling reality, and one that affects daily sustenance.
The students of Khandeha – all 155 of them – have one teacher who teaches them all the subjects.