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May 26, 2020

Structural Challenges in Reaping Demographic Dividends of India

As India is fighting the COVID pandemic and going through an unprecedented economic situation, the Prime Minister has envisioned to focus on five pillars for rebuilding the country. India’s youth is said to be the fourth pillar in rebuilding the […]
May 22, 2020

സാമ്പത്തിക പാക്കേജ്: ഒരു വിലയിരുത്തൽ

കോവിഡ്-19 വൻ  പ്രത്യാഘാതങ്ങൾ  സൃഷിട്ടിക്കുമെന്ന തിരിച്ചറിവാണല്ലോ 20  ലക്ഷം കോടി  രൂപയുടെ പാക്കേജ് പ്രഖ്യാപിക്കാൻ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രിയെ പ്രേരിപ്പിച്ചത്. മൈലുകളോളം നടന്നവശരായി തളർന്നു റെയിൽവേ ട്രാക്കിൽ ഉറങ്ങി ജീവിതം ഹോമിച്ച അഥിതി തൊഴിലാളികളുടെ പിൻഗാമികളിൽ  ആശയുടെ കിരണങ്ങൾ മൊട്ടിട്ടു. ദൈനം-ദിന ജീവിതം കൂട്ടിമുട്ടിക്കുന്ന മറ്റു പാവപ്പെട്ടവർക്ക്  പ്രതീക്ഷയുടെ വാതായനം തുറക്കപ്പെട്ടു .എല്ലാ കോണുകളിലും നല്ലൊരു നാളെയെ ഓർത്തു […]
May 21, 2020

Transfer powers of DMs to mayors to solve urban issues

One of the conditions laid down by the Centre for the state governments to increase their borrowing limit is to ‘bring in reforms to streamline the revenue of urban local bodies (ULBs)’. Though this has been in the discussion since […]
May 20, 2020

Stimulus package falls short of meeting immediate concerns

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced five tranches of economic stimulus under Atmanirbhar Bharat to save the ailing economy. The first tranche was comprehensive, and responsive to the plight of the Micro, Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The sector, contributing over 28 percent […]
May 19, 2020

സാമ്പത്തിക പാക്കേജ്: അഞ്ചാം ഘട്ടവും ആശക്കൊത്തു ഉയർന്നില്ല | Economic Package: Fifth stage not upto standard

CPPR Chief Economist Dr Martin Patrick writes in Manorama online (Malayalam News portal) on the fifth stage of govt’s Economic Package focuses announced by Finance Minister. ഇന്ത്യന്‍ സമ്പദ് വ്യവസ്ഥ സമീപകാലത്തെ ഏറ്റവുമധികം വെല്ലുവിളി നേരിടുന്ന സമയമാണിത്. വൻപ്രത്യാഘാതങ്ങളുണ്ടാകുമെന്ന തിരിച്ചറിവാണല്ലോ 20 ലക്ഷം കോടി രൂപയുടെ […]
May 18, 2020

Is Privacy an Illusion for the Netizens of the 21st Century?

Despite privacy being recognised as a fundamental right by the Constitution of India, the existing legal provisions give several outlets to override the privacy concerns of the public. Should governments have access to sensitive data of citizens which they can […]
May 18, 2020

What the Kerala government can do to revive inter-state bus service sector

Aiswarya Krishnan For many people, bus travel is the go-to option for last minute inter-state travel. But with the spread of coronavirus resulting in the national lockdown, the inter-state bus service sector is caught between a rock and hard place. […]
May 15, 2020

രണ്ടാം ഘട്ട സാമ്പത്തിക പാക്കേജ് : നിങ്ങളുടെ കൈയിൽ പണമെത്തുമോ ? | Second Phase Financial Package: Will you get more money?

The second stage of govt’s Economic Package focuses on migrant labourers. But it does hardly enough to address their immediate woes. CPPR Chief Economist Dr Martin Patrick writes in Manorama online. This article was published in Manorama online on May […]
May 15, 2020

Is “Silver Line” a Pipe Dream or Silver Lining for Kerala?

Praseeda Mukundan and Aiswarya Krishnan One of the most ambitious projects of the State of Kerala, the Thiruvananthapuram-Kasargod Semi High Speed Rail, also known as the Silver Line project, is likely to be considered and approved by the Cabinet in […]
May 14, 2020

Prioritising Healthcare over Privacy during a Pandemic: Is it Healthy?

The current pandemic has resulted in unwonted bureaucratic manoeuvres across the world. Among the many state actions that we have seen in the past few months, the increasing reliance on surveillance technology to tackle the virus stands out. From contact […]
May 14, 2020

How can India Survive on a Low Defence Budget in COVID times?

Introduction The defence budget of India has seen a hike of 6 per cent, from Rs 3.18 lakh crore from the year 2019 to Rs 3.37 lakh crore in 2020. Armed forces are less enthusiastic as always since the major […]
May 13, 2020

Economic Package: A Welcome Relief

Keeping in line with a global trend of offering an economic relief package with value close to 10-20% of GDP, Prime Minister announced a 20 lakh crore economic relief package for India. Dr Martin Patrick, Chief Economist, CPPR analyses the […]
May 13, 2020

Remonetise gold to tide over the economic crisis

Nissy Solomon and Dr D Dhanuraj As the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed global economy into an unprecedented scale of low growth and massive employment loss, the resource mobilisation to revive economic activities is reaching a frantic scale and dimension. In […]
May 12, 2020

Solid Waste Management in Kochi: No Solution to the Age-old Problem?

Lt Col Anil Raj On March 7, 2020, The Hindu newspaper reported that the State Government had issued an order entrusting the Local Self Government Department with the responsibility of handling the legacy waste at Brahmapuram because it felt that […]
May 11, 2020

Environmental Sustainability in a Post-COVID World

Sukanya Nambiar A rainbow was sighted on a rainy evening in Delhi last week, seemingly a sign that better days are round the corner. The beautiful view, complemented by clear skies and fresh air, is a rare sight in a […]