NCAER in the News

Opinion: Palash Baruah and DL Wankhar. This is more so in rural areas. Insurance cover, public health are issues. The Covid-19 pandemic has redefined our health policies and strategies. It laid bare the inter-linkages between the healthcare systems, its availability, adequacy and affordability. At the core is the cost implication and impact on households over...   Read More


  • Budget 2023-24: Even Post-Covid, India Needed Health Budget Hike

    Opinion: Pritam Datta and Chetana Chaudhuri India’s expenditure on health budget is a smaller share of the GDP than assured. Budget 2023-24 can be seen as the first Union budget since the recovery from the pandemic, in which the health sector did not receive much focus, unlike the previous two years. We can note a...   Read More

  • AYUSH medicine usage declining, NSS data shows. Integrate with allopathy for better reach

    Opinion: Palash Baruah and Poonam Munjal The decline in AYUSH medicine adoption was prevalent in most states and Union territories. It was constant across all economic groups. The recognition of 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations has significantly elevated the relevance of AYUSH systems, which encompass Ayurveda, yoga and...   Read More

  • Measuring women’s work participation: why it is important to get it right

    Opinion: Pallavi Choudhuri and Sonalde Desai By valorising women’s diverse activities, we may treat their vulnerabilities as strengths and fail to acknowledge the lack of access to income-generating activities for women The 2022-23 Economic Survey (ES) should be credited for acknowledging that official statistics may have inadequately captured the true nature of women’s work in...   Read More

  • Investments in transport corridors should pay off

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit The viability of long-gestation transport projects hinges on rightly projecting future revenue flows. Big Data can help in this. The successive Budgets of the NDA government have emphasised on increased investments to upgrade infrastructure. This is a thrust area in Budget 2023 as well. Roads, transport and the Railways continue to remain...   Read More

  • Union Budget Supports Domestic Consumption as the Main Driver of Growth

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta The 2023-24 Union Budget focuses on domestic consumption as the main engine of growth, followed by public investment as the second, albeit smaller, growth engine. Significantly, it has not equally supported private investment or exports as accelerators of economic growth or generators of employment. The Government’s enthusiastic support to domestic demand is...   Read More

  • Faculty News:  Professor Sonalde Desai Appointed as Fellow  by American Association for the Advancement of Science

    NCAER Professor and Director of the National Data Innovation Centre (NDIC) at NCAER, Sonalde Desai, who holds a joint appointment as a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland College Park, has been named as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In a tradition dating back to 1874,...   Read More

  • A Realistic Survey of the Indian Economy

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta The Economic Survey for 2022-23 has presented the customary wealth of information and data pertaining to the Indian economy. It has provided the growth projections for the current year and next year, as well as a medium-term outlook. Simultaneously, it has also further articulated the rationale for those projections and outlooks. All...   Read More

  • Press Release: NCAER-NSE Business Expectations Survey for 2022–23:Q3

    The Business Confidence Index is higher than it was a year ago but has softened sequentially The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), one of India’s premier economic policy research think tanks, carried out the 123rd Round of its Business Expectations Survey (BES) in December 2022, with support from the National Stock Exchange of...   Read More

  • Time to take sustainable tourism seriously

    Opinion: Poonam Munjal The sinking of Joshimath or Jyotirmath raises a serious alarm on the sustainability of economic activities, particularly of tourism in various sensitive but highly revered parts of the country. The town has now been declared as a landslide and subsidence-hit zone as well as not suitable for habitation. While it is located...   Read More

  • Now is the time for policymaking aimed at insulating the Indian economy from global shocks

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta and Ayesha Ahmed The global environment seems to have turned less hostile as inflation rates have peaked in advanced economies and oil prices have stabilised at lower levels. So capital flows have started returning to India, the exchange rate is bouncing back and foreign reserves are being rebuilt. Year 2022 turned out...   Read More