Current Projects

Assessment of India’s states on DBT Implementation and Readiness

In this project, I am a member of a team which is conducting an assessment of readiness of India’s state governments to implement Direct Benefit Transfer in 8 schemes. The study also requires us to evaluate two state-level inter-nodal agencies. The schemes are MGNREGA, PDS, Fertilizer Subsisdy, ASHA, Aanganwadi, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and Janani Suraksha Yojana. The state-level inter-nodal agencies are State Level Bankers’ Committee and Direct Benefit Transfer Cell. As part of the project, I visited two Union Territories (Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli) and three states (Manipur, Mizoram and Jammu & Kashmir) where I interacted with government personnel in the entire hierarchy of state government administration. These included senior IAS officers, Director-level bureaucrats, and front line functionaries such as Block Development Officers. Further, I understood the delivery chain of welfare schemes, organization structure, institutional architecture and technological interventions. Report coming out soon.

Business Expectation Survey

Business Expectations Survey (BES) is a quarterly survey conducted by NCAER where we sample firms from four industrial clusters across India, each quarter. The questionnaire seeks responses on firms’ expectations of costs, employment, economic conditions, political climate, confidence in political reforms, etc. Email me at sgupta@ncaer.org for the lates report and results.

Press Coverage for Round 109, April 2019- Business Today, BloombergQuint, Indian Express, Business Standard