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High Energy Prices: The West joins the Rest with Subsidies and Handouts
Sep 10, 2022

High Energy Prices: The West joins the Rest with Subsidies and Handouts

Although energy poverty is a crisis that needs to be addressed, the West should review the persistent call for phasing out energy subsidies in poor co

Lebanon to end subsidies and introduce cash cards
Sep 16, 2021

Lebanon to end subsidies and introduce cash cards

The crisis in Lebanon has reached a point of desperation evident by the move to remove subsidies for most of the poor

LPG subsidies: A quiet phase-out?  
Dec 04, 2021

LPG subsidies: A quiet phase-out?  

LPG subsidies, and other energy access programmes, continue to be a major point of contention for India.

Petroleum Subsidies in India: Gone with the Wind?
Sep 12, 2022

Petroleum Subsidies in India: Gone with the Wind?

Energy subsidies are described as hard to reform as they are leveraged by government leaders to secure votes. However, their phasing out is well under

The war against fossil fuel subsidies: Is victory in sight?
Jul 27, 2023

The war against fossil fuel subsidies: Is victory in sight?

The primary reason behind the difficulty in phasing out subsidies arises from the fact that energy subsidies are deeply rooted in the political econom

70 Policies — Industrial Policy Resolution, 1956
Aug 04, 2018

70 Policies — Industrial Policy Resolution, 1956

The resolution emphasised on support for cottage, village and small-scale industries by restricting production for large players, differential taxatio

A belligerence towards Beijing that is unsettling
May 29, 2023

A belligerence towards Beijing that is unsettling

Washington’s hostility towards Beijing may bring benefits to India, but a breakdown in China-U.S. ties would be catastrophic for the world

Cashing in
Dec 07, 2012

Cashing in

The UPA's cash transfer scheme, delivering over Rs.3.2 lakh crore in subsidies and welfare programmes to the poor directly to their bank accounts, if executed well would not only reduce poverty faster would curb a lot of the wasteful spending that has fattened vested interests at all levels.

Energy News Monitor I Volume XX, Issue 25
Feb 12, 2024

Energy News Monitor I Volume XX, Issue 25

Distributed production and consumption of RE by households and industries, primarily using solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, is projected as a potential driver of RE generation and consumption but challenges remain

EU-China ties: Deficits, de-risking, and dual-use tech
Dec 08, 2023

EU-China ties: Deficits, de-risking, and dual-use tech

Accompanying these country-level strategies is a range of defensive measures that the EU has put in place. These include two-way screenings of investments and anti-coercion mechanisms under the umbrella of its 'derisking' approach. At the same time, Europe is attempting to diversify its trade partners and supply chains in favour of more 'like-minded' nations in Asia, Latin America and elsewhere.

FM surprises the poor, unorganised
Mar 03, 2015

FM surprises the poor, unorganised

The Union Finance Minister surprised many with his social sector-centric budget. No one expected the Modi government to go for enhancing the MNREGA by Rs 5000 crore or to have a huge kitty of subsidies ($37 billion) aimed at the poor. There seems to be a vision towards giving India a universal social security system for all and especially the poor.

Funding Elections: Some Lessons from International Best Practices
Dec 01, 2011

Funding Elections: Some Lessons from International Best Practices

To ensure that the role of "big money" in influencing elections and policies is banished from the Indian polity, state funding, small donations, public subsidies, membership fees along with strict disclosure and reporting requirements must be encouraged and assiduously pursued.

Green protectionism in the Global North: Implications for the Global South
Dec 05, 2023

Green protectionism in the Global North: Implications for the Global South

The barriers erected by the Global North are intended to facilitate domestic investment in green energy industries but they will curtail the productio

Indian food security and the WTO deal
Jan 27, 2014

Indian food security and the WTO deal

A host of issues that were crucial to the interests of developing countries, and to a large extent India's, were off the table at Bali. For instance, rich country farm subsidies. The US has still not budged from its position vis-à-vis farm subsidies, despite years of push from poor countries, including in Africa.

Inter-linking of rivers: Making the Supreme Court order work
Feb 29, 2012

Inter-linking of rivers: Making the Supreme Court order work

In a reforms-minded India, where subsidies have become a 'bad word' for some policy-planners, questions will be asked on making a massive project on inter-linking of rivers to pay for itself, post facto.

Liquefied petroleum gas: Supply challenges in India
Nov 24, 2023

Liquefied petroleum gas: Supply challenges in India

Growth in demand for LPG is slowing down and supply challenges could add to the pressure on demand for LPG in India.

Prioritising MSMEs in India’s policy push for rooftop solar
Feb 02, 2024

Prioritising MSMEs in India’s policy push for rooftop solar

The focus on rooftop solar in the Union Budget 2024 has provided a strong impetus for the residential segment. A targeted scheme is also required to e

The EU-US Summit: Where trade is messier than geopolitics
Oct 28, 2023

The EU-US Summit: Where trade is messier than geopolitics

With elections due in 2024 in both the EU and the US, stabilising the relationship and easing lingering tensions before potential changes in leadershi

The World in Disarray: Is This the End of Multilateralism for Trade?
Aug 14, 2023

The World in Disarray: Is This the End of Multilateralism for Trade?

Russia’s war on Ukraine, interrupted value chains, and increased regionalisation are putting pressures on the already-strained multilateral trading system. Though a strong World Trade Organization (WTO) is needed to navigate these challenges, the organisation risks becoming irrelevant if far-reaching reforms are not implemented as soon as possible. In the short- and medium-term, WTO members must agree on limiting export barriers, especi

The World Trade Organisation: Developing countries availing special and differential treatment
Nov 01, 2021

The World Trade Organisation: Developing countries availing special and differential treatment

WTO needs to develop a set of parameters to ascertain which countries qualify as “developing” in order to wind up the challenge associated with S&

To Price or not to Price? Making a Case for a Carbon Pricing Mechanism for India
Sep 26, 2022

To Price or not to Price? Making a Case for a Carbon Pricing Mechanism for India

The 2021 Conference of Parties 26 (COP26) propelled nations to ramp up their climate targets and the concomitant Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. However, the updated NDCs and the announced pledges for 2030 remain insufficient and poorly aligned with the targets of the Paris Agreement. The reduction in projected 2030 emissions is estimated to be 7.5 percent—far lower than the 30 percent requi

Towards public financing of elections and political parties in India: Lessons from global experiences
Jul 24, 2023

Towards public financing of elections and political parties in India: Lessons from global experiences

Democracy costs a lot of money. To fight elections and run their routine activities, political parties in India seek donations from all possible sources including ‘illegal’ and ‘interested’ money. This has serious ramifications in preserving the integrity of Indian democracy. An increasing number of countries, meanwhile, have taken the path of public subsidies and direct funding of parties and political activities — aiming to reduce dep

Water Valuation and Pricing in India: Imperatives for Sustainable Water Governance
Dec 02, 2023

Water Valuation and Pricing in India: Imperatives for Sustainable Water Governance

This paper highlights the importance of water valuation and pricing for sustainable and efficient water allocation and management in India. An efficient water-pricing mechanism could be a tool to address the impending crisis of water scarcity, which necessitates a robust, objective, and holistic valuation technique. Every unit of water consumed for economic purposes has an ecological footprint, and this opportunity cost or externality factor need

Why India cannot do away with indirect subsidy
Aug 05, 2014

Why India cannot do away with indirect subsidy

Giving huge amounts of cash subsidies in the developed countries also distorts market. Lowering the actual cost of production artificially, these countries have produced mountains and lakes of agricultural products which are then dumped in international markets which lower the prices.

WTO's Bali Ministerial: What is in it for India?
Jan 15, 2014

WTO's Bali Ministerial: What is in it for India?

To be relevant, the WTO cannot keep postponing handling the major sticking points. It has to fulfill its agenda of ending rich country farm subsidies and tackle issues like rules governing intellectual property rights - things that regional FTAs are already dealing with.

घरगुती गॅसच्या अनुदानाचे राजकारण
Dec 14, 2021

घरगुती गॅसच्या अनुदानाचे राजकारण

भारतातील LPG सिलेंडरवरचं अनुदान आणि इतर ऊर्जा पुरवठ्याच्या योजनांकडे निवडणुकीच्या पलिकडे जाऊन पाहणे गरजेचे आहे.

पेट्रोलियम सबसिडीत घट?
Jul 28, 2023

पेट्रोलियम सबसिडीत घट?

ऊर्जा सबसिडी सुधारणे कठीण आहे असे वर्णन केले जाते कारण ते सरकारी नेते मते मिळवण्यासाठी वापरतात. मात्र, त्यांचे टप्प्याटप्प्याने काम सुरू आहे.

लेबनॉन आर्थिक संकटात, सवलती रद्द?
Sep 21, 2021

लेबनॉन आर्थिक संकटात, सवलती रद्द?

गरिबांसाठी असलेल्या आर्थिक सवलती काढून टाकण्याच्या हालचालीमुळे लेबनॉनमधील आर्थिक संकट बिकट टप्प्यावर पोहोचले आहे.

ভারতে পেট্রোলিয়াম ভর্তুকি কি হাওয়ায় মিলিয়ে গিয়েছে?
Oct 08, 2022

ভারতে পেট্রোলিয়াম ভর্তুকি কি হাওয়ায় মিলিয়ে গিয়েছে?

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