India exclusion report 2013-14

India exclusion report 2013-14

By consolidating and generating knowledge around exclusion, the India Exclusion Report seeks to inform public opinion and debate on these issues, and to influence the political class and policy makers towards more inclusive, just and equitable governance.It is hoped that the report will serve as a tool to support public action for the greater inclusion of disadvantaged and marginalised communities in the country.

The first part of the report identifies four public goods and collates both primary and secondary evidence of inclusion and exclusion of disadvantaged and vulnerable people from each of these public goods:

  • social services: among others, this includes education, health care, nutrition and social protection. Under this theme, the 2013–14 report looks at school education
  • infrastructure and public spaces: sectors such as housing, water, sanitation, electricity, irrigation, and urban and rural public spaces will be dealt with under this theme. The 2013–14 report discusses urban housing
  • livelihoods, labour, land and natural resources: this theme covers a broad categorisation of key factors of production, including forests, common lands and water bodies, agricultural land and livelihoods. This report looks at labour markets, with a particular focus on the idea of ‘decent work’
  • law and justice: exclusion often plays out most starkly in vulnerable groups’ access to law and justice, including in criminal and custodial institutions, denials of justice in a range of civil, land and criminal law contexts, and processes like legal aid. In partiular, the report explores the exclusionary impact of anti-terror legislation in India

The report then gives a detailed analysis of central and state government budgets and planning processes, from the specific prism of denial and discrimination, for broad categories of disadvantaged populations: women, Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and persons with disabilities.

The report provides portrait overviews of highly excluded groups, classes and communities: transgenders; bonded labourers: Musahars. The purpose of this exercise is to highlight the condition of the most disadvantaged and marginalised people.

Finally the report gives a statistical abstract of authentic data relevant to an understanding and tracking of inclusion and exclusion from a range of public goods. Data is collated at the central and state government levels, and for broad categories of disadvantaged populations: women, Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims and persons with disabilities.

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