October 2, 2015

Should Common Man worry of India’s low inflation!

India has been passing through a low inflationary regime for the past nine months. Still the RBI Governor mentions about the inflationary concern and hence an eligible rate cut was denied to the society. Common people agree with the Governor […]
October 1, 2015

Capitalization of Public Sector Banks based on their Efficiency-An Evaluation

As a part of the Indhradhanush plan for revamping the Public Sector Banks (PSBs), the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in August this year, announced the decision to infuse capital selectively into PSBs. The scheme is based on two efficiency […]
September 25, 2015

Is your money well spent? The Hindu, September 23rd, 2015

Is your money well-spent? Urban general household expenditure has dropped by 2.08 per cent to Rs. 15,789 per month in 2015 against National Sample Survey (2011-12) putting State-level general household expenditure at Rs. 16,125, says a survey of consumption and […]
September 21, 2015

Study on Consumption and Saving Patterns

CPPR undertook a study to look into the consumption behaviour and saving patterns of households in an urban local context with specific reference to fisherman community. The Study was conducted as a part of the field research of CPPR-ATLAS Policy School […]
September 21, 2015

The over hyped Fed interest hike!!

The much hyped Fed interest rate hike didn’t materialise. It all began in 2008, when Fed (Federal Reserve System) slashed the interest rate to zero and it even switched to quantitative easing programme to make credit availability cheaper for reviving […]
September 18, 2015

Goods and Service Tax: Push for Growth or Inflation?

Dr Martin Patrick, Chief Economist revisits the GST debate which has been further pushed thanks to the political logjam. He explains how there is lack of clarity which had led to a lack of consensus among states for supporting GST reforms. […]
September 11, 2015

Segregating Politics from Education sector: The need of the hour

Most of the times educational institutions in India are in news not for their academic achievements but for the controversies surrounding them.  In the recent times, three news stories related to the academic institutions that received more attention from the […]
September 1, 2015

Payment Banks: A Case of ‘Banks For The Unbanked’

On August 19, 2015 Reserve Bank of India granted licenses for payment banks to 11 firms including Department of Posts. Aditya Birla Nuvo, Vodafone, Reliance industries, Airtel, Fino Paytech, Cholamandalam Distribution Services Ltd, NSDL, Vijaya Shekar Sharma (Paytm), Dilip Shanghvi […]
August 18, 2015

Devaluing Yuan: Taking the first bite of the cherry!

Starting with two per cent devaluation on 11th August which was yuan’s or renminbi’s, biggest one-day devaluation in 20 years, China followed a three days devaluation that knocked more than three per cent off its currency value. The value of […]
August 17, 2015

Breaking Business Barriers

The project is to assist the government in easing the barriers to business related to the entry, conduct and exit of the entrepreneurs/investors/establishments in select sectors and region. This project aims at the development of a business friendly eco system in […]
August 4, 2015

Untangling the ‘Autonomy of Higher Education Institutions’

The debate on the quality of the educational institutions and the courses they offer has been and continue to be in the limelight for many years.  The demographic dividend is still an elusive panacea given the academic excellence existing in […]
July 27, 2015

What to understand from the 5 Year Low Gold Price  

Gold witnessed a slump hitting a five-year low this week; it’s down more than 40 per cent from its 2011 peak. At one stage the price was 19 years low. Traders and investors are worried about the fall in prices […]
July 27, 2015

FDA Tightens Restrictions on Indian Pharmaceutical Imports, Heartlander Magazine

  FDA Tightens Restrictions on Indian Pharmaceutical Imports   The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tightened checks on its approval process for India’s $15 billion a year drug industry, which is still rebuilding its image in its largest […]
July 20, 2015

Community policing for migrant labourers, The Hindu, 20th July 2015

Soon, the cops in Ernakulam rural district will start regularly visiting the camps of inter-state labourers and interacting with them in their native language. In view of the rising number of crimes involving migrant labourers in and around Perumbavoor—the hub […]
July 2, 2015

Out of Record Books, Open to Exploitation, Hindu, July 1st 2015

News writeup on Migrant Labours, by Dr Martin Patrick, Chief Economist, in Hindu on, July 1st 2015.   If police reports on recent raids were to be believed, flesh trade aimed at inter-State migrant workers seems to be gaining ground […]