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


  • Make room for women in the new normal

    Opinion: Sonalde Desai The pandemic may have limited our ability to connect with the external world but for several Indian women isolation isn’t unfamiliar or new. When we tell our children and grandchildren about 2020 we will talk about a time when we shut ourselves in our homes to keep the world and the pandemic...   Read More

  • Govt land monetisation will boost infrastructure development

    Opinion: Prerna Prabhakar The proposed SPV meant to carry out the monetisation should take essential steps for making land assets of PSUs free of any hindrances Urban development in India is largely obstructed by the lack of availability of land at affordable prices a key prerequisite for infrastructure development and housing. According to the Numbeo...   Read More

  • The skills India needs

    Opinion: K P Krishnan Excessive centralisation of skilling programmes may hinder the ability of training institutions to effectively respond to Indian market requirements. About a month ago the Government of India launched the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) 3.0 the third phase of the short duration national skilling programme. Unlike some other public policy campaigns of...   Read More

  • Will Budget help in real agriculture growth?

    Opinion: Ajaya K Sahu and Bornali Bhandari The allocations show that the focus is more on income support than improving crop and livestock yields That agricultural sector is critical for the overall socio-economic development of the country needs no re-stating. On average the agriculture and allied sector accounted for 20 per cent of GDP between 2012-13...   Read More

  • A bet on reforms-driven growth despite India’s fiscal compression

    Opinion: Sudipto Mundle India’s finance minister also announced a set of financial sector reforms be it in insurance banking or development finance. Success would depend on how well these are carried out. The budget has announced some laudable reform initiatives but their success will depend on how well they get implemented The budget has surprisingly opted...   Read More

  • A raw deal for small and marginal farmers

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit After the agitation on the Farm Bills one expected that the Budget would not include any more reform agenda. But this has happened and the allocation within the line item do not exhibit major changes. However if one looks at the size of the pie for small and marginal farmers in the Budget...   Read More

  • More policy support is needed to help MSMEs navigate the economic distress

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari Samarth Gupta Ajaya K Sahu & KS Urs While the good news is that business sentiments are recovering across firm sizes there seems to be the emergence of a bimodal distribution of business sentiments in MSMEs versus large firms. The dual impact of demonetisation and the inefficient implementation of the Goods and Services...   Read More

  • Business Sentiments in Manufacturing versus Services during Coronavirus Times

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari Samarth Gupta Ajaya K Sahu & KS Urs We use the quarterly NCAER Business Expectations Survey (N-BES) to understand the differential impact that the Coronavirus pandemic had on manufacturing versus services.  In the process we understand the challenges that the sectors faced along with their different coping strategies. Our data comes from surveys...   Read More

  • Dr Shekhar Shah speaks at the World Bank’s Live Event, “Sustainable Development Goals — The Data Story”

    The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened awareness of the need for better data to inform response and recovery efforts leveraging the complementarity of public and private sources. Following the recent launch of the World Bank’s SDG Atlas this event convened partners to discuss how the World Bank can improve data literacy and call attention to the...   Read More

  • Reluctance to take Covid-19 vaccines could hinder achieving herd immunity sooner

    Opinion: Santanu Pramanik and Sonalde Desai  The beginning of the vaccination programme suggests that the end is in sight. How quickly we reach the goal post depends on how well prepared we are as we enter the race. At the nation begins its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic through a massive vaccine rollout the entire focus...   Read More