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Opinion: Bornali Bhandari and Laxmi Joshi.  Small farmers lack access to tools, as the tractor-dominated farm machinery sector suffers from demand, supply constraints India is simply not producing the sort of farm machinery that our small and marginal farmers want or can readily use at a price which appeals to them. Farm machinery comprises equipment...   Read More


  • Women face all-pervasive glass ceiling

    In most sectors share of female employees is low. Where the share is close to 50 per cent there are few women in top roles The NCAER Skills Report 2018 has emphasised on the importance of female role models to encourage employability and eventual employment. Where are these role models? The numbers from the Periodic...   Read More

  • Women in STEM research in the age of Coronavirus

    From the perception that few women are found in the fields of science technology engineering and mathematics emerges the paradox that the disbalance is by choice rather than any constraint As the world celebrated another Women’s Day on March 8 this time under the shadow of the lethal Coronavirus with scientists and medical professionals across...   Read More

  • What ails India’s Free Trade Agreements?

    Lately India’s trade policy seem to lack a vision. After actively pursuing it for over a decade India decided against joining RCEP at the eleventh hour. The official version is that India runs a large trade deficit with RCEP countries and was expecting specific protection for its industry and farmers from a surge in imports...   Read More

  • Fiscal Restraint Trumps Fiscal Stimulus

    The 2020 Union Budget has failed to provide any fiscal stimulus based upon the assumption that there is no fiscal space for providing growth stimulus. In doing so it missed out on the opportunity of leveraging an additional fiscal space of around 10% of the gross domestic product that could have been tapped through revenue...   Read More

  • Opinion | Did Delhi’s elections mark a turning point in our politics?

    The massive victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly elections is momentous. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party won 62 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed only eight and the Congress drew a blank. This is not so because Delhi is the capital of India or because AAP has been re-elected...   Read More

  • Unlock the Capital’s economic potential

    Delhi’s urban planning policies have been characterised by the inability of the agencies concerned to facilitate adequate supply of affordable formal housing stock for its residents. As a result informal housing has crept up across large parts of the national Capital. Unauthorised Colonies (UACs) are one form of such informal housing categories and have grown...   Read More

  • Skill schemes should focus on women

    The youth not in education employment or training are often targeted for educational and vocational training programmes. India too has developed such programmes particularly the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) the flagship scheme of the Central government. However as pointed out in the NCAER Skills Report 2018 titled ‘Skilling India: No Time to Lose’...   Read More

  • In pursuit of gender equality

    As another year draws to a close it is pertinent to ruminate Janus-like once again over past and future gender parity trends both in India and abroad. And the picture is not a pleasant one. In fact the year is ending on a grim note for women all over the world with the Global Gender...   Read More

  • Is India getting better for business?

    Business e-Readiness assesses the ability of private businesses to use and produce Information Communication and Technology (ICT)/ICT-enabled goods and services. Adoption of Information Communication and Technology is productivity-enhancing and thus merits an attention. To evaluate medium-term trends in Indian firms’ adoption of ICT business e-readiness was assessed first in September 2016 and then in September...   Read More

  • Back to the past: Energising India’s external trade sector

    With the GDP growth rate falling to 5% in the Q1 of 2019-20 and forecasts suggesting a further fall in the Q2 of 2019-20 there is an urgent need to look at all the demand drivers of economic growth because that is what is driving the current slowdown in the short run. One of the...   Read More

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