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Opinion: Sonalde Desai: Population growth and the changing geographic and generational balance of power The United Nations estimates that the world population will reach 8 billion on November 15, 2022. Our minds had barely wrapped around a global population of 7 billion in 2011, and now, only 12 years later, we are looking at a...   Read More

Highlights

  • Call to address inverted duty structure in steel sector

    The steel sector at present faces an inverted duty structure which needs to be addressed according to NITI Aayog Member VK Saraswat. Customs duties levied on key raw materials such as coking coal iron ore and metal scrap are higher than those on the end product he said adding: “Most steel exporting countries don’t impose...   Read More

  • An unjustified pay hike

    As public servants get ready to enjoy the New Year’s blessing that the Seventh Pay Commission is expected to bestow it may be a time for the rest of us to look this gift horse in the mouth. The Fourteenth Finance Commission estimates the cost of the Sixth Pay Commission at over Rs. 90000 crore...   Read More

  • No chance of steel sector meeting 12th Plan targets: NCAER

    The steel sector won’t be able to meet this year’s production target of 300 million tonnes (mt) proposed in the draft steel policy 2012 a study by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has said. It added the sector which contributes two per cent to India’s gross domestic product won’t be able to...   Read More

  • Steel industry still in the cold: NCAER

    KOLKATA: National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) a leading economic think tank has said the enthusiasm of 'Make in India' programme seems to be bypassing the steel industry. The current condition of the Indian steel industry is dismal with low profits low capacity utilization and dim prospects for new private investment either foreign or...   Read More

  • Case for inverted duty structure in steel sector: NITI Aayog member

    NEW DELHI OCT 6:  A case of inverted duty structure can be argued for the steel sector said V K Saraswat Member NITI Aayog on Tuesday. Saraswat was releasing a report of the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) on the reforms required for the domestic steel industry. He said customs duties levied on...   Read More

  • Stumbling blocks to India’s economic aspirations

    This article published in The Straits Times  is written by Dr Shekhar Shah Director-General and Dr Rajesh Chadha Senior Research Counsellor NCAER.     India the world's third-largest economy measured in purchasing power parity terms became a middle-income country in 2007. It has one of the world's youngest populations with some 260 million people below the...   Read More

  • Numbers that dole out the details

    Rajasthan farmer Shivlal Jat’s four acres help him meet his household expenses. During off-peak periods he has time on his hands. So for the past six to seven years he has demanded work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme and earned an extra ₹9000 every year. This not only helped...   Read More

  • Marriage in India: Love (and money) conquer caste

    More and more young Indians are choosing their own spouses HALF a dozen young technology workers are gathered around a table in south Mumbai. In between checking their smartphones they describe an Indian social revolution of which they are in the vanguard. Marriage one woman explains is becoming freer and easier—“less stiff-necked” as she puts...   Read More

  • Press Release: Dialogue on Land, Conflict and Investment Risks in India

    UNCLEAR PROPERTY RIGHTS AND RECORDS PUT INVESTMENT IN INDIA’S MANUFACTURING AND INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS AND ITS FINANCIAL SECTOR AT RISK   With over 93% of natural resource development in emerging economies at risk for land conflict the global land investment experience has key lessons for India NEW DELHI (3 September 2015)—India’s private and public sectors which...   Read More

  • NFSA vs TPDS: Former doing better in curbing pilferage

    Leakages and diversion of subsidised food grains under the TPDS continue to be at unacceptable levels whereas the rollout of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) has led to comparatively better outcomes going by an NCAER survey. Although the National Council of Applied Economic Research’s draft report prepared after a survey covering 24 districts of...   Read More

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