NCAER in the News

Opinion: C S Mohapatra. Enhanced financial inclusion and financial literacy are crucial in empowering individuals to navigate financial systems, access credit, and leverage digital platforms effectively. Financial inclusion in India has traditionally been equated with the expansion of banking networks and the proliferation of bank accounts among the underserved. However, complete and effective financial inclusion...   Read More


  • A digitally unprepared workforce

    Opinion: Asrar Alam. IT skills do not match the standards demanded by the market. Nearly 30 per cent of individuals with such training are jobless. As the pace of technological change continues to accelerate and demand for such skills outstrips supply, it is time to educate everyone on computer-based skills. The data from the National...   Read More

  • Press Release: NCAER-NSE Business Expectations Survey for 2022–23:Q4

    Business sentiments turned buoyant in 2022–23: Q4, rising both sequentially and in comparison to the corresponding period last year, though sentiments about business prospects for the next six months remain mixed.   The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), one of India’s premier economic policy research think tanks, carried out the 124th Round of...   Read More

  • The way forward for Odisha power sector

    Opinion: Chetana Chaudhuri, Sanjib Pohit & Pradeep Kumar Panda  India has expressed its intent to intensify its climate action as a step forward to meet the target of reaching net-zero emission by 2070. For renewable energy development, major challenges are: land acquisition and opportunity costs involved with RE development. Odisha's renewable energy rich sites are...   Read More

  • Reforming the rating agencies

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta. Restoring their credibility is crucial in order to make the world a fairer and flatter place Emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) are meted out unfair treatment by the credit rating agencies. India is no exception. A UN paper shows that the sovereign credit ratings assignments are influenced both by hard economic...   Read More

  • Skills shortage hampering farm mechanisation

    Opinion: Bornali Bhandari and Laxmi Joshi. Farmers should be trained in the use of the machinery, while production units must leverage the services of ITIs The recently released NCAER white paper on ‘Making India a Global Power House in the Farm Machinery Industry’ reveals a mismatch between what the organised industrial sector is producing, especially...   Read More

  • Programming can unlock IT potential

    Opinion: Palash Baruah. According to the given data, there is a larger proportion of male (67.6%) programmers that use a specialised language compared to females (32.4%) As technology continues to advance at an unprecedented rate, computer programming skills have become more important than ever before. In line with Modi’s vision of a vibrant India, the...   Read More

  • Build disaster-proof cities

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit. Not factoring in climate risk will cost cities dear. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. According to EY forecast, India is expected to be a $26 trillion economy (in market exchange terms) by 2047. The per capita income is expected to increase to $15,000, putting the country...   Read More

  • Has the RBI Pivoted?

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta. During his post-monetary policy media interaction last week, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das declared that the central bank has paused, not pivoted. After raising interest rates by a cumulative 250 bps, in six consecutive meetings during the period May 2022-February 2023, the RBI decided to keep the policy rate unchanged in its first...   Read More

  • Save Mission Millet before it crashes

    Opinion: Reshma Roshania. Misdirected. Instead of ‘Big Food’ focus, farmers must be empowered to make millets a vital part of food schemes. India is at the forefront of an exciting movement to promote millet consumption. Having successfully proposed 2023 as the International Year of Millets to the United Nations, India has positioned itself as the...   Read More

  • Nutritional security: Fishery demand in India could have been better managed

    Opinion: Saurabh Bandyopadhyay, Nijara Deka, Palash Baruah, Laxmi Joshi, and Falak Naz. India is achieving significant strength in the allied space of agriculture. Fishery, dairy, and livestock are the areas of livelihood support for the millions. Moreover, India’s nutritional and food securities are deeply rooted in this sector. Among the allied activities of agriculture, the...   Read More