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Opinion: Sonalde Desai: Population growth and the changing geographic and generational balance of power The United Nations estimates that the world population will reach 8 billion on November 15, 2022. Our minds had barely wrapped around a global population of 7 billion in 2011, and now, only 12 years later, we are looking at a...   Read More


  • Urban poor need better relief measures

    Surveys show that the govt’s support schemes do not reach such households. Direct cash transfers and universal PDS will help Opinion: Sumit Mazumdar Santanu Pramanik and Sonalde Desai   As details of the stimulus package recently announced by Nirmala Sitharaman begin to emerge it appears that there is a serious mismatch between the areas and groups...   Read More

  • Coronavirus relief package: Covid agri-reforms are half-baked

    If Bihar’s example is anything to go by simply repealing the APMC Act is not enough to benefit farmers. There is a need to move from notional to functional FPOs Opinion: Sanjib Pohit In the Covid-19 relief package finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has focused on a number of capacity building measures for the agriculture sector—such...   Read More

  • Strategy choices for India to recover from this recession

    We may have to take recourse to some extraordinary sources to finance the exceptional spending needed to revive growth Policymakers have to decide if they want higher growth along with other pain points or a little less growth but also less pain that would have to be borne later on Opinion: Sudipto Mundle In my...   Read More

  • Is e-learning the best bet during lockdown?

    It’s less egalitarian than TV in delivering education. Net-based learning holds promise provided the digital ecosystem improves Opinion: Bornali Bhandari Charu Jain and Ajaya K Sahu   The NCAER Skills Report 2018 discussed the immense potential of online learning albeit as complementary to more traditional methods. In the current situation online education is turning out to...   Read More

  • NCAER launches second round of Delhi NCR Coronavirus Telephone Survey

    Survey asks what activities respondents would resume if lockdown gets lifted on May 4 The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) an economic policy research institute on Thursday launched the second round of Delhi National Capital Region Coronavirus Telephone Survey (DCVTS). The results of this second round will be released on May 2. “The...   Read More

  • Women the biggest losers

    Gender-based consequences of Coronavirus make it imperative for both the administration and social networks to ensure that the pandemic does not negate the gains of gender equality Opinion: Anupma Mehta Even after the conclusion of the first phase of the three-week nationwide lockdown imposed by the Government and its further extension up to May 3...   Read More

  • Telephone survey shows high understanding of social distancing, support for lockdown

    When asked about how many people they had come in contact with outside the house over the preceding 24 hours over 50 per cent responded that they had not come in contact with anyone. Opinion: Sonalde Desai and Santanu Pramanik With the nation in the midst of an extended lockdown to prevent the spread of...   Read More

  • NCAER releases findings of the Delhi NCR Coronavirus Telephone Survey

    The National Council of Applied Economic Research NCAER released the results of its first round of the Delhi National Capital Region Coronavirus Telephone Survey (DCVTS) on Sunday April 12 2020. The study conducted by NCAER’s National Data Innovation Centre uses a scientifically designed rapid telephone survey in both the urban and rural parts of Delhi...   Read More

  • Economic cost of the lockdown

    The Indian economy will face an income loss of Rs 1.7 lakh crore per week or a total of Rs 5.1 lakh crore during the three-week-long shutdown called by the Govt Opinion: Sanjib Pohit The pandemic COVID-19 has already affected over 1016395 people across the world and there have been 53238 deaths worldwide. Out of...   Read More

  • No more shifting goalposts

    As Coronavirus attacks the manufacturing sector  the Govt’s farm policy will have to be more consistent to help kickstart the economy Opinion: Sanjib Pohit In spite of the best efforts of the Government since 2014 manufacturing growth has not picked up in the country. It is not likely to do so in the near future...   Read More

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