Yearly Archives: 2013

Curious Case of Coolie Badge – Last vestige of License Raj?

The Notice published in Hindustan Times on 25 May 2013 informing Subhanbhai Alfubhai Teli of the cancellation of his coolie badge would have provided a comic relief to otherwise dreary news if it were not a sad reflection of the way government works. To be sure this Notice must have been carried in at least two other national dailies, one… Read more »

Endorsing candidates across parties: promoting apolitical politics

Karnataka assembly elections just got over. The sight of small processions mainly consisting of women and adolescents coming from class that forms the bulk of domestic helps and other support services was common during the campaign process. It was not uncommon to see the same faces in processions shouting slogans for different parties. This can be explained by the accounts… Read more »

Discussion on Rationalisation of Health Insurance Schemes in Karnataka

CBPS is organising a Discussion on Rationalisation of Health Insurance Schemes in Karnataka: An integration of Vajpayee Arogyashree (VAS) and Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) on 17 May 2013 at Hotel Pai Viceroy (Jayanagar 3rd Block) from 10am onwards. The discussion note for the same is available here:

CBPS First Annual Lecture on Development and Gender

CBPS, in association with Indian Institute of World Culture (IIWC) is organising its first annual lecture on Development and Gender on 11 May 2013 at 6pm at IIWC. This lecture is in memory of Dr. Poornima Vyasulu, one of our founders. Prof. Gita Sen (IIMB) will be speaking on Empowering Women: Critical Elements for the Next Stage.

CBPS Annual Budget Lecture on 30 April 2013 at 6pm

CBPS, in association with Indian Institute of World Culture (IIWC), is organising its Annual Budget Lecture on Banking and the Budget: Examining the Linkages on 30 April 2013 at 6pm at Manorama Hall, IIWC. The lecture will be delivered by Prof. M.S. Sriram, IIM Bangalore and the session will be chaired by Prof. Vinod Vyasulu, CBPS.

Comprehensive Government Finance Architecture – the Australian Example

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.                                                        Abraham Lincoln The Financial Rules, the Treasury Rules / Code, the Accounting Codes and… Read more »

Conflict of Interest – the bottom line

The Asian Development Bank defines corruption quite concisely as ‘abuse of public office for personal gain’. Conflict between personal interest and the public interest is implicit in all incidents of corruption. Any corrupt act invariably compromises the larger public interest. Whether it is the frauds in Commonwealth Games, the allocation of 2G, denotification of government lands or illegal mining –… Read more »

Sustainable taxation – show the results first

Sustainable Taxation by Aarti Dhar in Hindu argues for improving progressivity in the country’s tax system and raise the much needed additional resources for financing education, healthcare and food security by taxing the super rich. The tax-GDP ratio at 15.5 percent in India is low compared to even countries like Brazil, Argentina and Turkey. It is suggested that India should… Read more »

Exploring India’s Public Health System- From Policies to the People

With the eradication of infectious diseases like small pox and yaws, as a nation we have won many battles in the war towards achieving the goal, “ Health for All”. The biggest leap can happen only when the disparity in the health care options and services is alleviated. The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) emphasizes on primary health through decentralization…. Read more »