NCAER in the News

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


  • Quality data on farmers’ use of machinery lacking

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari, Laxmi Joshi, Ajaya K Sahu and Shish Pal Bansal. Though the government has been running a Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanisation since 2014, a comprehensive database of farmers’ usage of farm machinery isn’t available. Ownership of power farm equipment in India is low. The recently released NCAER White Paper on ‘Making India a...   Read More

  • The challenge of gender access to clean water

    Opinion: Anupma Mehta and Sanjib Pohit. There is a need for community-based approaches for resolving the water crisis and liberating women from the task of fetching it India accounts for 18 per cent of the world's population, but holds only 4 per cent of its water resources, making it one of the most water-deficient regions...   Read More

  • Measuring urban employment/unemployment across city tiers

    Opinion: Ajaya K Sahu and Bornali Bhandari. As India increasingly urbanises, it has become important to measure its economic parameters, not only at the aggregate level but also at the disaggregated level. The literature review suggests that there are differences across city tiers. However, we find that the current statistics simply do not capture the...   Read More

  • Farmers deserve better tools

    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

  • Different faces of the Indian women’s movement

    Opinion: Sonalde Desai. The key is to not put all eggs in the single basket of state-led programmes and to ensure that other spaces for women’s activism are preserved. The vibrancy of the Indian women’s movement is acknowledged worldwide. However, its gradual transformation has received much less attention. Over the years, its thrust has moved...   Read More

  • The inequities of gender bias in India

    Opinion: Anupma Mehta. Women need healthcare the most but often they are the ones who do not have adequate access to it. As we celebrate another International Women’s Day, it is time to yet again take stock of the progress in gender equity across various parameters of human development. And while there may be some...   Read More

  • The debt problem of LICs: Plenty of blame to go around

    Opinion: Barry Eichengreen and Poonam Gupta  There is plenty of blame to go around for the current debt situation. Debtor countries that borrowed unsustainably; large creditor countries, especially China, and private creditors, who lent recklessly on opaque and unfair terms; and multilateral organisations that failed to monitor and warn of the unsustainable amount of debts...   Read More

  • Tram scores over e-bus

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit Trams are more energy-efficient and economical. After the push for carbon neutral transport system, all metros in India are now moving towards electric-bus. Recently, Mumbai introduced double-decker e-bus like the one that plies in London. The impression one gets is that this is the preferred mode for an urban transport system. However,...   Read More

  • A remedy for health insurance

    Opinion: Debasis Barik  Ayushman Bharat: These schemes have a good coverage. But funds use will suffer, if people are unaware of entitlements The introduction of social health insurance has been one of the most significant innovations of the past decade. While public health spending (including both Centre and States) has seen only a marginal increase...   Read More

  • Mind the gender gap: Here’s how govt initiatives are focusing on empowering women in India

    Opinion: Pallavi Choudhuri  Bank account ownership took a leap over the last decade. But some of the gains stagnated during the pandemic. 2021 Global Findex data show that 78% of women reported having bank accounts. However, 64% did not withdraw any funds during the last 12 months, and 28% reported having an inactive account. Budget...   Read More