Yearly Archives: 2013

It is Quite Simple, Really

Everyone agrees that there is a lot of black money in the country. Some say it is 50% of Gross Domestic Product. Black money is generated when a transaction is either illegal, or is hidden from tax authorities. The easiest way of doing this is through cash transactions. Hence the popular notion of ‘suitcases’ of currency notes changing hands.There is… Read more »

CBPS Annual Seminar – Agenda

SEMINAR THEME: ‘Making public services work for the poor – A Karnataka experience’ DATE: 29th October 2013 VENUE: Hotel Capitol, Rajbhavan Road, Bangalore   09:30  am – 10:00 am Registration 10:00  am – 10:45 am Inaugural session Welcome and introduction to the seminar Jyotsna Jha, Director, CBPS Inaugural address Former Chief Justice of India Padma Vibhushan Shri. M. N.  Venkatachaliah… Read more »

Subsidise LED lamps!

When should subsidies be used as a policy tool? Can we use subsidies to encourage ‘desirable’ behaviour’, assuming for a moment that we agree on what it is. Would encouraging energy saving behaviour be a candidate for a subsidy if it can be shown to be in the larger public interest? There is an improved lighting technology available today in… Read more »

Food Security or Diabetes Subsidy?

The Food Security Bill, now being debated in Parliament, promises supplies of rice and wheat to poor citizens at a subsidised price. At the time of writing this, the Lok Sabha had passed the bill. Is this good or bad? Food security is good. So is good health. Will this Bill ensure good health? Or is this an irrelevant consideration? Let… Read more »

It Takes Two to Tango

Governance is often seen as what the government does, which is only partly true. Although governance has been variously defined, most of them recognize that governance has two aspects – one, it is exercise of power and authority and two, it is about the government’s ability and capacity to effectively fulfill its mandate (for a full discussion on governance –… Read more »

Remembering Dr. K.S. Krishnaswamy

“It is important that in the midst of an elitist euphoria that “India is Shining”, it is not forgotten that governments in the country should realise fully their responsibility towards the poor and the socially deprived. Globalisation and privatisation cannot perform the tasks which only reformed governments can do to assist this section of the community. As Dr. Rao said… Read more »

If it is broke, fix it!

They say ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, meaning leave alone anything that is working fine. But if something is broken, it would be unwise not to fix it. Unlike in the west, we do not have a throw-away culture; from Apple Macs and Blackberrys to mixer grinders and umbrellas, everything is repaired. But in the government it is… Read more »