November 2017
Election Symbols (Reservation & Allotment) Order, 1968.

The dispute within the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) over the party's election symbol—the two leaves—was settled after the Electio

India: Health of the Nation’s States

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Public Policy and the Child in Tamil Nadu

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy and UNICEF, Chennai, organised a Round Table on Public Policy and the Child in Tamil Nadu on September 02, 2017 (Saturday), at Kasturi Buildings, 859 & 860, Anna Salai, Chennai.    The aim of the Round Table was to take stock of the extent to which the State's policies have contributed to and shaped childhood. Covering the ages of 0 to 18 years, the discussions at the Round Table explored the relationship between the state and the child in Tamil Nadu, which is critical for the quality of life for children. Papers were invited from the participants at the Round Table on the following themes: 1. Policy and Fiscal Space in Tamil Nadu 2. Education and Health 3. The Disadvantaged Child, and 4. Social Spaces for the Child This Background Note contains the Concept Note and the 10 papers that were presented and discussed at the Round Table. Feedback and comments may please be sent to [email protected] Click here to download the Background Note [PDF 3.72 MB]

Towards Genuine Pluralism

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Demonetisation 2016: 'India’s Worst Self-Inflicted Economic Policy Disaster'

A year after the Prime Minister announced demonetisation of high denomination currencies on live television, most of the initial fears have been prove

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CEA bats for a nationwide power market

Sector has made strides on physical side, but needs to catch up on financial side India should have just one market for electricity, on the lines of the Goods and Service Tax (GST), said Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser. “When soft drinks can be sold throughout the country at one price, why can’t we have one tariff for electricity?” he asked. He was giving a talk on the theme “Co-operative federalism to foster reforms: the case for power sector,” organised by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy here on Tuesday. ‘Multiple slabs’ The CEA said he was surprised to discover that States such as Bihar and Rajasthan had multiple tariff slabs for electricity. “There are slabs for pisiculture, small rabbit farm, panchayat municipalities...How can you run any market system where a commodity has 100, 200 prices depending upon when it is used, how it is used, where it is used... This kind of complexity leads to corruption,” he said. “We have here a system of protectionism... balkanised economic India... in order to sustain what are actually not so good and not so desirable policies at the level of every State... How can we create one market in India for power? The Constitution says, we are one nation. But we are not as far as electricity is concerned,” he said. According to Dr. Subramanian, India had made great strides in the power sector on the physical side. But it needed to catch up on the financial side. The power sector faced challenges on generation side, distribution front and market structure, he said. Since India “is not a one market for power” the choice was restricted to many agencies. The 2000 boom left in its wake a surge in thermal power capacity, he said. A combination of factors ranging from economic growth slowdown and subsidy-induced surge in renewable energy had affected the financial viability of these thermal plants, triggering a cascading effect across the spectrum. He also pointed to the inability of the political system to charge correct tariff for power. Though power was in the concurrent list, “the Centre has a stake,” he said. “In fact, it is absolutely first order of business for the Centre to make sure we are one India. We cannot be a balkanised India. In power, we cannot allow States to impose and create fragmented markets in India,” he added. Source: The Hindu , November 8, 2017. News report from: The Hindu Business Line. 2017 . ‘ CEA to States: Work towards one power market, a la GST ’, November 8. The Times of India . 2017 . " Common power market needed across country ", November 8. ET EnergyWorld . 2017 . " Common power market needed ", November 8. Indian Mandarins . 2017 . " CEA calls for single power market ", November 8.

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Cooperative and Competitive Federalism to Foster Reform: The Case of the Power Sector (Video, Audio, and Full Text)

The video, audio, and full text of the lecture, Cooperative and Competitive Federalism to Foster Reform: The Case of the Power Sector, deilvered by th

Event: Public Lecture on Cooperative Federalism to Foster Reform: The Case of the Power Sector

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy invites you to a Public Lecture on Cooperative Federalism to Foster Reform: The Case of the Power Sector by Arvind Subramanian , Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, followed by a public interaction, moderated by R. Srinivasan, Editor, The Hindu BusinessLine. Date: Tuesday, November 07, 2017. Time: 4.30 p.m. Venue: Kasturi Srinivasan Hall, The Music Academy, Old no. 306, New no. 168, T.T. Krishnamachari Road, Royapettah, Chennai 600014. Please send your Name, Email ID, Phone Number and Postal Address to email: [email protected] or call +914428524445 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Related Links " Economy sending mixed signals: CEA ", The Hindu , September 25, 2017. " A maverick economist who speaks his mind ", The Hindu BusinessLine , August 11, 2017. " Gandhiji said poverty is about dignity and self-respect: CEA ", The Hindu , February 1, 2017. " Economist moots conditional direct cash transfers to poor ", The Hindu , August 24, 2008.