NCAER in the News

Opinion: Debasis Barik and Sonalde Desai. Janani Suraksha Yojana, launched in 2005, has helped reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by promoting institutional delivery. But the utilisation of antenatal care has been low. Creating government programmes to incentivise desired behaviour has a long history in development planning. Unfortunately we have no guidance on when success can...   Read More


  • Human resources & regulatory autonomy

    Opinion: K P Krishnan Statutory regulatory authorities need autonomy in staffing their organisations with specialists who have integrity and knowledge Newspapers reported recently the call of the chairman of the National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) for a “standalone legislation”. NFRA is a relatively new regulator —largely invisible to the general public—constituted in October 2018 under...   Read More

  • Role of cooperatives in Indian economy

    Opinion: Saurabh Bandyopadhyay and Anupma Mehta  The NCAER recently undertook a study on cooperative agro-processing and identification of institutional financial lacunae in the cooperative movement The cooperative movement in India has regained focus after the Union Government recently created a Ministry of Cooperation to provide a separate administrative legal and policy framework for streamlining the...   Read More

  • What recent data says about how our economy is doing

    Opinion: Sudipto Mundle While some headline economic indicators suggest a recovery we must not overlook weaknesses in employment-intensive sectors and still-worrisome joblessness that point to persistent distress. The official estimates of India’s gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter (Q1) of 2021-22 together with other recent information enable us to form a fairly comprehensive...   Read More

  • Poonam Gupta, New Director General of NCAER, Speaks to PTI

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta My vision for the organisation is to make NCAER a leading think tank in the world where eminent researchers policymakers and entrepreneurs can gather to shape India’s development journey. 1. To begin with we would like to congratulate you for assuming the position of Director-General of an eminent institution like NCAER. What...   Read More

  • Faculty News: Professor Sonalde Desai

    Professor Sonalde Desai is Distinguished University Professor at University of Maryland Sonalde Desai, Professor at NCAER, who holds a joint appointment at University of Maryland, USA, has recently been appointed as Distinguished University Professor (DUP) at the University. DUP status is a permanent honorific title that recognises exceptional records in research, teaching, and service. It...   Read More

  • How to ease cross-border cargo movement

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit Relocate clearance procedures away from the border and partner countries must adopt well-established practices Of late India has been active in improving volume of trade flows through the land route with its eastern neighbours under the preamble of India’s Act East policy. With this in mind improving border management for faster movement...   Read More

  • Protecting consumers, the heart of finance

    Opinion: K P Krishnan Competitive markets in financial services are the best bulwark against consumer fraud in the long run. In the medium term omnibus and dedicated legislation could be the answer. In her Budget speech this year Nirmala Sitharaman announced several initiatives with a view to develop and deepen the country’s financial markets. This...   Read More

  • India’s looming water crisis and urgent measures to address it

    Opinion: Sudipto Mundle Water tables have fallen drastically and we need paradigmatic changes in agricultural practices for resource conservation. Our policies to ensure food sufficiency and assure farmers income have unfortunately also caused crop distortions that have led to excessive drawing of groundwater and its depletion. A disastrous water crisis has been creeping up on us...   Read More

  • Workplace as a Community: Businesses’ Response to the Market and Government Failures during COVID-19

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari Samarth Gupta Ajaya K Sahu and KS Urs The 2nd Covid-19 wave rose sharply from mid-March and peaked on 9th May 2021 (NCAER Quarterly Review of the Economy). The peak number of cases and deaths in second wave were four times higher than the peak in the first wave.  Daily deaths (7-day moving...   Read More

  • Bringing skills and education closer

    Opinion: K P Krishnan The placement of these two ministries with one minister is the first step towards improving the employability of India's workforce in a pandemic. Skill development is a multi-dimensional problem. One dimension relates to “employer connect” that is essential for productive employment opportunities for the skilled persons. Another dimension is “entrepreneurship” or...   Read More