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UDAY Power Debt in Retrospect and Prospects


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(Co-authored with Lekha Chakraborty)
The government of India launched the Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY), in November, 2015, with an objective of “Power for All”. The states have, since then, been joining this scheme at varied times, and so far, 27 states and 5 Union Territories (UTs) s are ...

Cess Collection and Spending: A Brief Review on the Basis of Union Budget 2018-19


In the Union budget 2018-19, the government has not made any change in income tax rate, but has made substantial changes in cess types and rates. During the financial year 2017-18, the Union Government abolished more than 20 types of cess and introduced GST compensation cess. In the current budget ...

Environmental Federalism: A Roadmap for Climate Responsive Budgeting (CRB) in India


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[Co-authored with Amandeep Kaur]


A climate responsive budgeting (CRB) for both adaptation and mitigation is a dynamic process in environmental federalism.* A promising framework for CRB has been evolving within the purview of the Public Financial Management (PFM) over the years across selected Asian and African countries including Morocco ...

MGNREGA: Has Direct Fiscal Transfer provided more jobs to women?


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[Co-authored with Yadawendra Singh]


Globally, a direct employment transfer - a job guarantee programme - is an “employer of last resort” fiscal policy, which envisions the government bearing a guarantee to provide paid work opportunities of predictable duration at a predetermined wage for public works. Though many such job guarantee initiatives ...

GST: Too Late for the Battle on Federalism and Fiscal Autonomy


GST should result in an abolition of fragmented tax regime, development of a common market, elimination of cascading of taxes and should help increase the growth of GDP by promoting trade, business and investment.

We have reached the final stage of introduction of Goods and Services Tax ...