Thank You Prime Minister: Rural India Doing Well

Despite a continuing fall in the growth rate of India's GDP for the last several quarters there are indicators that point to a turn-around of the rural economy. Positive and long-term improvements can be seen in foodgrains production, in horticulture, dairy, poultry and fisheries, access to physical infrastructure such as electricity and roads, per-capita income of poorer states (which have a high percentage of rural population), wages of unskilled labour and growing employment in non-farm occupations due to programmes such as MUDRA.

8th September 2017
SKOCH Report Card of MUDRA Scheme

Job creation, unarguably, is one of the most critical issues facing not only the Indian economy but also the world as a whole. Several governments have been elected on the promise of jobs and thrown out of the power if the promises are not met. Job creation is critically important not only from economic point of view but also it has wider impact from social indicators to law and order. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led alliance also won the election with a thumping majority in 2014 on the promise of according high priority to job creation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government has been working on several front to create employment opportunities, as has been the case with the previous governments.


Modi's Demonetization is Sound Action

As a reforms historian, I had seen the situation of Indian economy in the last phase of Congress Government which was engulfed with policy paralysis and stagnant economy and therefore in reassuring the peoples' faith bestowed on him-Modi had to take several bold steps and one of it -is demonetization.

25th September 2019
Finding Investments for a $5 Trillion Economy

As India sets the target of $5 trillion economy, GDP indicators show a downward trend. Quarterly GDP growth falls to 5 per cent-seven year low, casting a shadow on Modi's plans. While it may be true that $1 trillion was added between 2014 and 2019, making it a $3 trillion economy; adding another $2 trillion will be a difficult task. A report by TEAM INCLUSION

25th September 2019
Policymaking for a $5 trillion economy

India seems to be at a crossroads. Good policymaking and timely intervention from the government will take it to the $5 trillion goal earlier than expected and result in economic prosperity for all. On the other hand, delay and reactionary stopgap measures could blow up the current slowdown in certain sectors, an economy-wide phenomenon, which could result in massive setbacks in growth achieved thus far, analyses TEAM INCLUSION

25th September 2019
Climate Change Challenges To India's $5 Trillion Ambition

Climate change is upon us. Drastic and globally-coordinated emissions reductions are urgently needed. This summer was the hottest in a century. With each passing year, temperatures are rising leading to an unprecedented melting of snow and longer summer months. On the one hand, we have draughts and on the other, flash floods. India is most vulnerable to climate change. What does it mean in context of Modi Government's economic growth projections, reports TEAM INCLUSION.


Has Rural India Seen a Turn-Around Lately?

Despite a continuing fall in the growth rate of India's GDP for the last several quarters there are indicators that point to a turn-around of the rural economy. Positive and long-term improvements can be seen in foodgrains production, in horticulture, dairy, poultry and fisheries, access to physical infrastructure such as electricity and roads, per-capita income of poorer states (which have a high percentage of rural population), wages of unskilled labour and growing employment in non-farm occupations due to programmes such as MUDRA. However challenges still remain in some vital sectors, such as water, marketing of fruits and vegetables, skill development, education and health.

02 February 2016
Why PMGSY has performed better than MGNREGS?

Over the last twenty years Government of India has launched a series of Centrally Sponsored Schemes with a view to promote development, reduce poverty and reach basic services in education and health, etc to the common people. While the individual programmes have been evaluated several times showing that in general these are better implemented in states with stronger political leadership and better capacity for delivery, no comparative study is available to my mind that will explain why in the same state some programmes are more successful than others in achieving their goals, or why some schemes do not work well even in states associated with better governance.

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