Administrative reforms needed for New India, Atmanirbhar Bharat

By Dr Arjun Kumar, Anshula Mehta* Winning the next election is always a supreme task, executives and legislators have had their electoral pressures and considerations and therefore each policy is seen as a political investment. Civil services and other government jobs have generated interests primarily for their job security, high salaries, and promotions. On several … Continue reading Administrative reforms needed for New India, Atmanirbhar Bharat

Banker for poor who hopes to bounce back from pandemic’s economic fallout

By Moin Qazi* Finance is one field where we have witnessed significant innovations in recent decades, and this has transformed our society in many ways. Earlier, we could hardly visualise social change in rural India as it was mired in caste conflicts and was impervious to the winds of change. Before the 1980s, outsiders rarely … Continue reading Banker for poor who hopes to bounce back from pandemic’s economic fallout

Deflationary situation, issue COVID-19 bonds to immediately raise money: Prof Arun Kumar

COVID-19 induced lockdown is a voluntary cessation of economic activity, Prof Arun Kumar, one of India’s most eminent economist, said while addressing the audience in a Distinguished Lecture #WebPolicyTalk organized by Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi on Socio-Economic Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic in India held on October 7, 2020. Prof Kumar is … Continue reading Deflationary situation, issue COVID-19 bonds to immediately raise money: Prof Arun Kumar

A closely watched metric, GDP paradox should be revisited amidst Covid-19

By Moin Qazi* While a global pandemic has been a looming risk for decades, COVID-19 has sent shockwaves through societies, economies, health systems and governments around the world. The pandemic has revealed both the fragility of our social security and welfare delivery systems and the need to come up with resilient, long-term solutions and more … Continue reading A closely watched metric, GDP paradox should be revisited amidst Covid-19

John Weeks, who humanised economics as discipline, questioned the power of capital

By Bhabani Shankar Nayak* Prof John Weeks, widely admired development economist passed away on 26th of June 2020 at the age of 79. His death is a blow to many friends, comrades, colleagues, students and fellow progressive economists. He was born in Austin, educated in Texas and Michigan, lived and worked most of his professional … Continue reading John Weeks, who humanised economics as discipline, questioned the power of capital

Surviving the pandemic: Time to boost MSME sector for the sake of inclusive growth

By Prof Balwant Singh Mehta, Prof IC Awasthi, Dr Simi Mehta, Prof Bharat Singh, Prof Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Prof Nitin Tagade, Rahul Ranjan, Dr Arjun Kumar* MSME sector is the second largest employment creator after agriculture in the country, and provides employment to 120 million people through 36 million enterprises. It contributes around 31% to the … Continue reading Surviving the pandemic: Time to boost MSME sector for the sake of inclusive growth

Draft EIA notification’s dangerous precedent: It allows projects to start operating, then have post facto EC

Comments submitted by independent researchers Meenakshi Kapoor and Krithika A Dinesh, independent researchers, working on environmental regulation and policy matters for years, to Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, on the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2020: On March 23, 2020, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change issued … Continue reading Draft EIA notification’s dangerous precedent: It allows projects to start operating, then have post facto EC