MARCH 2021


The March 2021 issue of the newsletter captures our research and policy engagements during the month of February 2021.

We released a working paper on ‘Financing India’s Disaster Risk Resilience Strategy’ in February that is receiving vast attention. On 9th February, we hosted a Workshop with Policy Research Institute. Ministry of Finance, Japan. On 8th February, the 15th 5-Institute Budget Seminar, the first to be held virtually, surpassed all our expectations. On 25th February, we hosted a Workshop on Facilitating India’s Act East Policy: Assessing Gaps in Infrastructure at Land Customs Stations in the North Eastern Region of India.

Besides, our staff engaged extensively with the media, including publishing analytical op-eds on a variety of relevant topics such as agriculture, climate change and carbon neutrality, fiscal policy, international trade, among others. If you missed these and any other activity, you would find the links below.

We hope you take some time to view some of the recordings and also glance through other updates from February. We would love to hear back from you.


Published Work:

Book | From Food Scarcity to Surplus: Innovations in Indian, Chinese and Israeli Agriculture
Authors: Ashok Gulati, Yuan Zhou, Jikun Huang, Alon Tal and Ritika Juneja


Budget 2021-22: Agriculture, Procurement, and Food Security
Siraj Hussain & Jugal Mohapatra | Ideas for India | February 18, 2021

Agri-Market Freedom, Water Accounting could Address Few Problems of Agriculture in India
Ashok Gulati | Indian Express | February 15, 2021

Farm Lessons from China and Israel
Ashok Gulati | Financial Express | February 15, 2021

Centre's Allocation to Rural Economy Paints a Nuanced Picture of its Commitment
Siraj Hussain and Jugal Mohapatra | The WIRE | February 3, 2021

Union Budget 2021: On Subsidies, Finally a True Picture
Ashok Gulati | TNN | February 2, 2021

In Agriculture, R&D Needs Attention, Subsidy Bias must be Corrected
Ashok Gulati | Indian Express | February 2, 2021

Budget 2021: For Agriculture, It Looks Like an Interim Budget
Siraj Hussain | MoneyControl.Com | February 1, 2021

What Explains Lower Allocation Under Modi’s Flagship Scheme for Farmers PM-Kisan?
Shweta Saini | The Print | February 1, 2021

Published Work:

Working Paper | Financing India’s Disaster Risk Resilience Strategy
Authors: Saon Ray, Samridhi Jain, and Vasundhara Thakur


A Climate-Resilient Future
Amrita Goldar & Tarun Singh | Indian Express | February 21, 2021

Carbon Neutrality — India: The Path to 'Net Zero'
Somit Dasgupta & Diya Dasgupta | Financial Express | February 17, 2021

Not the ‘Power’ Move! Govt’s Flip-Flop in Power Sector Shows Complete Lack of Clarity
Somit Dasgupta | Financial Express | February 11, 2021


Budget’s Infra Push with Support to Worst-Affected would have been Better
Rajat Kathuria | The Hindu | February 8, 2021


The 15th 5-Institute Budget Seminar: The COVID-19 Budget: Unpacking the Union Budget 2021-22
Participants: Yamini Aiyar, Rajat Kathuria, Nishant Chadha, Shekhar Shah, Pinaki Chakraborty


A Decent Budget but Big Challenges Remain
Shankar Acharya | Business Standard | February 11, 2021

India’s Union Budget 2021–22 and Fiscal Policy
Alok Sheel | East Asia Forum | February 11, 2021

How Economic Management and Outcomes Differ Across the ...
Alok Sheel | LiveMint | February 10, 2021


Workshop on Facilitating India’s Act East Policy: Assessing Gaps in Infrastructure at Land Customs Stations in the North Eastern Region of India
Participants: Nisha Taneja, Rajeev Kher, Aditya Mishra, Gaigongdin Panmei, Pankaj Vashisht, P. Jawahar, P. R. Khaund, Parshant Kumar Goyal, Hage Tari, Kekhrievor Kevichusa, L Bikram, Winfred Warshong, Sumita Pradhan, Debdutta Nandwani, Habul Biswas, Toko Tatung, Tenzing Tsephel, Charles Reuben Lyngdoh, NVR Jyoti Kumar

ICRIER-PRI India Workshop
Participants: SAKATA Wataru, Rajat Kathuria, Nisha Taneja, Sanjana Joshi


Foreign Trade Policy Should Focus More on Vision for Trade
Arpita Mukherjee | TPCI | February 23, 2021

Horizontal, Vertical, and GVC Oriented Policies in Budget 2021
Blog by Saon Ray | February 23, 2021

बजट_2021-22 के 6_स्तंभों पर विचार_विमर्श
Arpita Mukherjee | विचार_विमर्श | February 15, 2021

Desh Deshantar : Private Sector's Role In Development
Arpita Mukherjee | Rajya Sabha TV | February 11, 2021

Union Budget 2021: Changing the Face of Insurance
Saon Ray & Vasundhara Thakur | Financial Express | February 4, 2021

India-UK Enhancing Collaboration in Food Products: Status, Issues and Way Forward
Arpita Mukherjee and Nibha Bharti | TPCI | February 3, 2021


Health & Wellbeing: Going Beyond Wealth and Healthcare
Ali Mehdi | Financial Express | February 9, 2021

Health Needs Evidence-based Budgeting
Ali Mehdi | Financial Express | February 1, 2021
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