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Delhi Beats The Heat & How

Delhi Beats The Heat & How

Which states will perform best on social and physical infrastructure indicators in coming years? The reason we pose this question: states which look like goners (Orissa, Bihar) are actually not,…

J&K, Maharashtra, Project Delay Culprits; Delhi, Goa Score

J&K, Maharashtra, Project Delay Culprits; Delhi, Goa Score

Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra lead the list of states where some 190 out of 555 Central projects with investment outlays of over Rs 150 crore have reported cost overruns of…

Govt Consumes 20% Of Petrol: Parrikar On Goa’s Radical Price Cuts

Govt Consumes 20% Of Petrol: Parrikar On Goa’s Radical Price Cuts

New Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar recently made headlines when he cut petrol prices by Rs 11 per litre in his budget, a move no other state government has dared…

Can Haryana Break Away From The Bengal, Kerala Club?

Can Haryana Break Away From The Bengal, Kerala Club?

The state of Haryana has been clubbed with Bengal, Kerala and Punjab for the state of its finances, particularly for its large revenue deficit or a ‘negative’ gap between tax…

India’s Surprising States With ‘Real’ Fiscal Deficits: West Bengal, Kerala, Punjab & Haryana

India’s Surprising States With ‘Real’ Fiscal Deficits: West Bengal, Kerala, Punjab & Haryana

The Government of India’s fiscal deficit touched 5.9% of GDP in 2011-12. But most states of India actually do better except for a few whose finances are in particularly bad…

Tamil Nadu’s Grand Growth Vision; Rhetoric Or Reality?

Tamil Nadu’s Grand Growth Vision; Rhetoric Or Reality?

Do stretch goals and 10-year growth targets work when set by the states of India? Some would argue that the setting of a vision and a target for spending itself…

Is Orissa India’s Best Fiscally Managed State?

Is Orissa India’s Best Fiscally Managed State?

Orissa has been a chronically poor state.  In 2004-05, 57.2% of people in Orissa were poor. In the decade up to this year, or from 1994-95, the decline in poverty…