NCAER in the News

Opinion: Poonam Gupta and S Priyadarshini. The real growth rate of the Indian economy in the April-June quarter of 2023-24 (Q1, FY24), according to the latest data released by the Central Statistical Office (CSO), stood at 7.8 per cent. Market economists embraced this data as reflective of their own projections, and in line with their...   Read More


  • The need for high-quality environment data in India: The case of riverine pollution

    Opinion: Anupma Mehta and Sanjib Pohit. Controlling water pollution and protecting water resources in India requires comprehensive collection and monitoring of data. In this article, Pohit and Mehta describe a project undertaken by NCAER and TCD, which used automated sensors attached to boats to collect data on water quality parameters at key points along the Ganga river...   Read More

  • Time for a great reset of global finance for developing countries

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta. For developing countries, global finance has virtually disappeared when they need to spend more on education, health and food security. As a result, climate financing has become an unaffordable luxury. In the last three years, developing countries faced unprecedented challenges, a combination of external shocks: Covid-19, the Russia Ukraine war, food and...   Read More

  • In Assam, police have a weighty issue on hand

    Opinion: Palash Baruah and D L Wankhar. For the first time, there would be recording of the Body Mass Index of all Assam Police personnel. When India celebrates 76 years of Independence on August 15 this year, we are going to witness a health page turning for the police personnel in Assam. For the first...   Read More

  • Ensuring a green and lean public transport system for Delhi

    Opinion: Anupma Mehta and Sanjib Pohit. In the interplay between emission management and monetary returns, cost-effectiveness is a critical issue in the metric of a transport system. On this World Environment Day, we revisit the imperative to balance the rising transportation needs of a growing population in the capital city of Delhi with the mandate...   Read More

  • The building blocks for working out green GDP

    Opinion: Deepika Chawla. This involves accounting for both environmentally beneficial and harmful products, and doing the required data-gathering. Growing environmental concerns have resulted in the demand for green national accounts that highlight the stock of environmental wealth, and its use and depletion by a society in its conventional national accounts. Incorporation of green accounts in...   Read More

  • India’s employment problem and bad statistics

    Opinion: Sonalde Desai. The country is under pressure to alter its definition of unemployment to an international benchmark. Its once-vaunted statistical system is at a low ebb. Our faith in India’s once-vaunted statistical system is at such a low ebb that it is hard to trust its judgment, even when it is based on a...   Read More

  • Renewables driven power generation isn’t a bright idea

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit. Renewable power sources have several shortcomings which include lower efficiency in generating power and shorter life-span of the plants. The success of India’s net zero pledge by 2070 rests heavily on successful energy transition. In the energy sector, power contributes most to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; roughly 50 per cent of India’s...   Read More

  • ‘Farming’ research

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari and Laxmi Joshi. Farm mechanisation drive hit by limited R&D. The recently released NCAER White Paper on ‘Making India a Global Power House in the Farm Machinery Industry’ reveals there is a mismatch between what the organised Indian industrial sector is producing and what the small and marginal Indian farmers want at...   Read More

  • Sample surveys’ reference periods need a revisit

    Opinion: Poonam Munjal and Palash Baruah. Data accuracy. To improve data system, NSO is now the nodal agency for all statistical activities. The National Sample Survey, under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, has been conducting large-scale sample surveys on All-India basis since the 1950s. These surveys are the most important and reliable sources...   Read More

  • Mission Life: Ifs and buts

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit and Somya Mathur. Mission LiFE (life style for environment) was introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi—at COP26 in Glasgow on 1 November 2021—as a mass movement for “mindful and deliberate utilization, instead of mindless and destructive consumption” to protect and preserve the environment. Incidentally, India is the first country to include LiFE...   Read More