December 8, 2019

Rooftop agriculture allows urban areas to become more innovative and efficient in their resource utilization through smart farming towards producing local, clean and healthy food (free from residues) with much reduced carbon footprints.

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Fifteenth Finance Commission

Imperatives of Decentralised Planning at the grassroots

November 30, 2019

The steps taken by FC XIV towards strengthening the panchayat planning processes through fiscal decentralisation are significant. Now, when Finance Commission XV will be giving its recommendations, it is important for the government to consider the above challenges for effective utilization of these funds.

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Digitizing Education in India: Educating the Educators

November 26, 2019

To say that India is still in the nascent stages of digitizing education is an understatement. Our cultural mindset makes us way too comfortable with the traditional brick and mortar system of education rather than readily adapt to digitized and unbundled education format.

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Over Emphasis on Import of Food Legumes Bound to Damage Future Production of Pulses in India

November 21, 2019

It’s a pity that India in spite of having unique opportunities to double the Lentil, Green gram and Black gram production in Rice Fallows particularly in the inland coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal, and other upland ecosystem in Eastern and North-eastern States besides improving yields in other pulses, the Country is resorted to import Pulses heavily on regular basis!

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Time to Turn Adversities of Air Pollution into Opportunities: Fortify Straw with Groundnut Haulms

November 17, 2019

The havoc created by Air Pollution in Delhi NCR could be turned into an opportunity by creating a National Fodder Bank utilising Rice-Wheat straw, left for burning, and fortifying the same with nutritious food legume stover.

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reserve bank of india

Which Lever to Pull- Monetary or Fiscal?

November 3, 2019

The simplified bottom line is here. While slow growth with high inflation suggests supply side rigidities, slow growth with inflation below target suggests demand weakness.

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Decoding the Global Competitiveness Report, 2019

October 17, 2019

Now while the debate can be the fact that the predicted slowdown is unlikely to manifest itself as huge as the Great Recession (2008-09), what needs to be understood now is Governments are left with fewer policy options today than they did back then in order to stimulate Aggregate Demand.

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Spurious Seed, Sick Farmers, Dwindling Agri-Economy – A Stumbling Block on the Road to New India, Five Trillion Economy

October 16, 2019

Enhanced crop productivity is eminent in neutralizing input costs and thereby posting profits in farm income. The single most critical factor in profitable agri-venture is Seed.

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Great Policy Initiatives in Agri Export Will Need Even Greater Ground Level Support for Success

October 15, 2019

Ministry of External Affairs has designated one officer each in 10 selected missions as Agriculture Counsellor. While welcoming such an aggressive strategy for developing international agricultural trade to achieve a growth target that is quantifiable, I would urge upon the government to take a top-down approach to bring about sweeping reforms (even at the risk of inviting criticisms and protests for heavy handedness).

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Why Regulation in The Private Healthcare Sector in India?

October 15, 2019

Health is understood as a subject of ‘Market Failure’. But because it is the subject of social welfare there is need of an intermediary mechanism for active intervention. One such important mechanism would be regulation.

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