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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


  • Business confidence falls 6.7% in fourth quarter last fiscal: NCAER

    The business confidence fell 6.7 per cent in the fourth quarter last fiscal signalling subdued sentiments says an NCAER survey. “The 96th round of the Business Expectations Survey (BES) shows that the Business Confidence Index (BCI) registered a decrease of 6.7 per cent in April 2016 over January 2016 on a quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) basis thus...   Read More

  • 77 percent Indian parents expect to live with sons in old age

    Almost 77 percent of Indian parents expect to live with their sons in old age while seven percent want to live with their daughters according to the India Human Development Survey (IHDS) conducted jointly by researchers from University of Maryland and National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) New Delhi. These are the findings from...   Read More

  • Good monsoon to increase economic growth in 2016-17

    India’s GDP is estimated to grow at 7.6 per cent in 2015–16 and 7.7 per cent in 2016– 17 due to a favourable monsoon the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) said. The Delhi-based think-tank said on Saturday the numbers mark significant revision upwards from its January 2016 forecast when it had predicted a...   Read More

  • NCAER pegs GDP growth for FY16 at 7.6%

    The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has scaled up India's economic growth projection to 7.6 per cent for 2015-16 from the earlier 7.4 per cent. It pegged the growth marginally higher at 7.7 per cent for 2016-17 due to a pickup in the agriculture sector on the back of expected normal monsoon. "NCAER's...   Read More

  • India’s GDP likely to expand by 7.7 pc in FY17: NCAER

    Economic think-tank NCAER today projected India's economic growth rate to improve marginally to 7.7 per cent in 2016-17 against the backdrop of IMD's forecast of better monsoon rains this year. Economic think-tank NCAER today projected India’s economic growth rate to improve marginally to 7.7 per cent in 2016-17 against the backdrop of IMD’s forecast of...   Read More

  • District’s digital initiatives draw rave reviews

    Collector Babu A. made a presentation at an event organised by World Bank Group and NCAER : The success achieved by Krishna district in various digital initiatives came in for appreciation at ‘The India launch of Digital dividends: World Development Report 2016’ – Roundtable: How can India best reap its digital dividends?’ organised in New...   Read More

  • 5 percent of Indian marriages inter-caste; in Mizoram, 55 percent

    Christian-dominated Mizoram - 87 percent of the population is Christian - has the most inter-caste marriages in India a nation where 95 percent of Indians marry within their caste according to a 2016 report from the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) a New Delhi-based think-tank. Meghalaya and Sikkim followed Mizoram with 46 percent...   Read More

  • Govts over the years have promoted cashless transactions

    India remains a predominantly cash economy where currency with public appears to be in the range of 12-13% of gross domestic product indicating poor income velocity of money. It renders Indians as amongst the biggest users of cash worldwide. Therefore it has been endeavour of present and past governments to reduce cash from the economy...   Read More

  • Everybody loves a good quota

    Unless there is a procedure for notification of groups moving out of the reserved category demands for reservation by groups like the Jats Gujjars and Patidars will continue I sometimes feel sorry for the governments of Gujarat Haryana and Rajasthan which are plagued by demands for reservation from powerful and aggressive communities. Patidars Jats and Gujjars...   Read More

  • Looks like the PDS works

    There’s room for more awareness and organisation but the number of people benefiting from fair price shops is growing Poor people in India depend heavily on the public distribution system. A recent survey by the National Council of Applied Economic Research found that more than 90 per cent ration card-holders in Below Poverty Line (BPL)...   Read More

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