Statement by CPR’s Governing Board

6th March 2023

The Governing Board of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) expresses its full confidence in its President, Yamini Aiyar. It recognizes her immense contribution to leading CPR’s policy research. Ms. Aiyar has lived up to the Board’s expectations and has led with professionalism, integrity, and rare distinction.

The appointment of Ms. Aiyar by the Board followed a transparent, rigorously comprehensive and robust process to select the best professional talent based on merit and track record to head CPR which has enjoyed a well-earned reputation as an independent, non-partisan institution that holds itself to the highest standards of probity and academic excellence.

The Board has noted with concern some personal, unbecoming, and misleading media references to Yamini Aiyar, that by implication seek to undermine the stature of CPR as an independent, non-partisan, and widely respected organization.

In Memoriam: Remembering Ambassador Chandrashekhar Dasgupta

We are deeply saddened by the demise of Ambassador Chandrashekhar Dasgupta, member of the governing board at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR).

He had an extraordinary and illustrious career, during which he served as the ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, Luxembourg and China.

He was a highly respected and valued mentor at CPR. His passing is an immeasurable loss to us and to the wider community.

A Statement- 01 March 2023

01 March 2022

The Ministry of Home Affairs has intimated the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) that its registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulatory Act has been suspended for a period of 180 days.

In September 2022, the IT department conducted an Income Tax survey at the CPR premises. As part of the survey follow-up process, CPR received several notices from the department. Following due process, detailed and exhaustive responses have been submitted to the department. CPR has and continues to cooperate fully with the authorities.

We are in complete compliance with the law and are routinely scrutinised and audited by government authorities, including the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. We have annual statutory audits, and all our annual audited balance sheets are in the public domain. There is no question of having undertaken any activity that is beyond our objects of association and compliance mandated by law.

In light of the current MHA order, we will explore all avenues of recourse available to us. Our work and institutional purpose is to advance our constitutional goals and protect constitutional guarantees. We are absolutely confident that the matter will be resolved speedily, in fairness and in the spirit of our constitutional values.

Founded in 1973, the Centre for Policy Research has been one of India’s leading policy research institutions, home to several eminent thinkers and policy practitioners whose contribution to policy in India is well recognised. It is an independent, non-partisan institution that conducts its work with complete academic and financial integrity. CPR works with government departments, autonomous institutions, charitable organisations and universities in India and across the globe. The institution’s work is globally recognised for its academic and policy excellence. Full-time and visiting scholars at CPR include members of NITI Aayog (Government of India’s think tank), former diplomats, civil servants, members of the Indian Army, journalists and leading researchers.

Through its five-decade long history, CPR has worked in partnership with governments and grassroots organisations – these include partnerships with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Government of Odisha, Government of Punjab, Government of Tamil Nadu, Government of Meghalaya, Government of Rajasthan amongst others. Through their research and writing, CPR scholars have made pioneering contributions to public policy in India.