Thursday, June 28, 2007

Budgetary Analysis

  • ‘The Millennium Budget: Social Sector and Poverty Alleviation Allocations’, Margin, 31 (3), April - June, 2000.
  • ‘National Expenditures on Poverty Alleviation and Social Sectors: An Evaluation in the light of 1997-98 Budget’, The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 40(1):307-326; 1997.
  • ‘State Adjusted Public Expenditures on Social Sector and Poverty Alleviation Programs in the light of Budget 2001’, jointly with Prabir Ghosh and S.K.Mondal, under review by Economic and Political Weekly, presented in an Indo-Russia Economic Cooperation Seminar, Moscow 10-13 October, 2001.

Awards and Honors

  • Member-Secretary of the Prime Minister’s High Level Committee to prepare a status report on Muslims in India.
  • Award of Excellence presented by the American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin, at their 15th annual convention held at Dallas, USA, 17th September, 2005.
  • Selected as one of the Faces of the Millennium (Economist) by India Today, the popular weekly magazine, 3 January 2000 issue.
  • Member / Adviser, Outstanding Research Awards Committee –’Investment in Health and Mutual Impact’, for the Global Development Network, Dakar, Senegal, January 26, 2005.

Book_State, Market and Inequalities

State, Markets and Inequalities
Human Development in Rural India
State, Markets and Inequalities films a major gap in the study of human development in India by addressing the role of social sector planning in alleviating deprivation. It highlights the extent of deprivation across states and amongst social groups. It also analyses the causes-inadequate allocations, wrong prioritisation, bad targeting, unimaginative design and insensitive delivery. Is there a mismatch between supply and demand? Is there an unexpressed latent demand or is there a problem of choice amongst various suppliers such as public, private and civil society. Is deprivation caused by unique social conditions and the interplay of people's dissatisfaction with public services? Why do people turn to private schools or private health care? What accentuates gender disparity even where services are available to both? How critical is education in ushering in other positive changes? Propels responses are influenced by their ability to access services and exploit opportunities in the contemporary competitive world. Based on a nation-wide representative survey of 33,200 rural households, the survey and the date it generated are used to create an in-depth multi-disciplinary, technical analysis of the causal factors in inter-group differentials and the interactions of market forces and human development in rural India. The book is valuable reference for planners, policy-makers, scholars and persons associated with NGOs working on current issues of human development.