February 9, 2021

Budget 2021: Despite growing demand for work, MGNREGA funds slashed by Rs 385 billion

For millions in rural India, MGNREGA remained the only source of livelihood during the COVID-19 lockdown. Experts wonder why funds for this scheme have been slashed from the last budget’s revised allocation of Rs 1,115 billion to Rs 730 billion. What would be the impact of such a budget cut?

Kushal Mishra
February 5, 2021

19 health workers dead after COVID-19 vaccination; health experts demand investigation

The COVID-19 vaccination drive was kicked off on January 16 in India. Since then, at least 19 health workers have died post-vaccination. Doctors and public health experts write to the health ministry, demanding an investigation into the deaths.

Kushal Mishra
January 29, 2021

Ready and Waiting: How willing are the villagers in Uttar Pradesh to be vaccinated against COVID-19?

In a few villages of Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh, the inhabitants are sanguine as they await their turn for the COVID-19 vaccine. They believe everyone should be vaccinated.

Kushal Mishra
January 23, 2021

The Big Shot: An estimated 59,473 health workers in Uttar Pradesh vaccinated during the COVID-19 vaccination drive on Jan 22

1,500 COVID-19 vaccination centres were set up in districts across Uttar Pradesh. Gaon Connection travelled to Achalganj in Unnao to report on the vaccination drive at the community health centre there.

Kushal Mishra
January 14, 2021

Pulse polio campaign “rescheduled” as the COVID-19 vaccination kicks-off in India

India’s long-running polio immunisation campaign scheduled to begin this year on January 17 was initially postponed by the Union health ministry “till further notice”. However, in a letter issued today, the ministry has “rescheduled” it to January 31.

Kushal Mishra
January 13, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine controversy: Covaxin volunteers in Madhya Pradesh say they were roped in for Rs 750 and no information

Volunteers in Bhopal raise questions about the process in which the clinical trial for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin was conducted, and many complain of severe after-effects. Social organisations write to the Prime Minister and the Union health minister demanding stopping of the Covaxin trials.

Kushal Mishra
January 11, 2021

Needle of Doubt: Death of a COVID19 vaccine trial volunteer in Bhopal raises questions on the vaccine approval

Bharat Biotech has not made public the results of final trials of Covaxin, but the Drug Controller General of India has approved the vaccine. Meanwhile, several volunteers allege they were “kept in the dark”

Kushal Mishra
January 7, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine FAQ: All you need to know about the vaccination process and procedure

The Drugs Controller General of India has approved the Oxford coronavirus vaccine Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for emergency use in India, possibly marking the end of a long wait by the public. However, doctors say common citizens might have to wait till July this year for the vaccination.

Kushal Mishra
December 28, 2020

Countries are reporting a new COVID-19 strain but every fifth rural Indian thinks coronavirus is gone: Gaon Connection Survey

France, Spain, Sweden, the UK…. Several countries are reporting a highly contagious strain of the coronavirus. But, a recent survey by Gaon Connection found that 21% rural respondents think corona is no more around.

Kushal Mishra
December 22, 2020

One-fourth of rural households tested for coronavirus; more than half of those tested found positive: Gaon Connection Survey

Gaon Connection’s ‘COVID-19 Vaccine and Rural India’ survey across 16 states showed that 76% of rural respondent households in the southern states had a member test positive for COVID. In the north zone, it was 12%.

Kushal Mishra