Policy Briefs & Reports

Fly Ash Management in India: A Critiq...

On 22.04.2021, India’s Environment Ministry published a Draft Fly Ash Notification, which was open for public comments for 60 days and sought to replace the earlier notifications with respect to fly ash management since 1999. As a response to the draft, we made a submission to the Ministry on the...

Child Protection Services (CPS) Scheme

Child Protection Services is Government of India’s (GoI’s) flagship programme to provide preventive and statutory care, and rehabilitation services to children in need of care and protection and those in conflict with the law as defined under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children)...

Comments on Budget Proposal for Elect...

This note is prepared based on our reflections on the announcements made in Budget 2021-22 and participation in the webinar convened by MoP and MNRE, on February 18, 2021, to discuss a roadmap for implementation of these proposals. The note is drafted based on internal discussion at the Centre fo...

Comments on Draft National Electricit...

These comments are drafted based on internal discussion at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR). It should not be considered an institutional position, as CPR does not take institutional positions on issues. Rather, they reflect the result of internal deliberations, aimed at understanding and ref...

Unlocking Climate Action in Indian Fe...

India’s highly centralized federal structure sits uneasily with the nature of the climate problem. While financial and bureaucratic capacities are concentrated in the centre, the locus of climate decisions lies largely in the states because they steer energy choices and respond to climate impacts...

The Enclave Approach Has Outlived Its...

The growth of its readymade garments industry has been a critical factor in Bangladesh’s development success. However, Bangladesh has not been able to replicate this success in other labor-intensive sectors. A key reason for this is the current trade policy stance that allows a virtual free trade...

Sanjay Kathuria
Nadeem Rizwan
PAISA for Municipalities

This study aims to understand the nature and compute the size of the local public sector in the Smart City of Tumakuru, in Karnataka State. It makes use of our flagship methodology Planning, Allocations and Expenditures, Institutions Studies in Accountability (PAISA). It aims to understand: An...

Avani Kapur
Swaroop Iyengar, Tanvi Bhatikar, T.R. Raghunandan
Responding to COVID: a Mobility Based...

It would appear, based on the experience over the past year, that at a given point in time, CoVID-19 affects a part of the country and not the whole nation. What does this imply for the sharing of resources between more affected areas and less affected areas? What does it imply for where reserves...

Open Government in Education: Learnin...

This study looks at the first social audit of education undertaken in India, under the aegis of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). It was conducted as a pilot project across ten states of India. Social auditing is a powerful method for increasing open government, whic...

Building a Climate-Ready Indian State...

This brief lays out a new approach to Indian climate governance. We suggest India’s institutional structure should be aimed at generating and adopting low-carbon development pathways. Doing so implies going beyond energy and emissions policies to also look at deeper economic structures such as pa...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for...

Chief Ministers’ Slum Development Program – ‘BASERA’, guided by the Punjab Proprietary Rights to Slum Dwellers Act, 2020 (PSD Act) along with the allied Rules, is a milestone step towards inclusive urban development and planning of the Government of Punjab. BASERA lays the foundation for mainstre...


Scaling City Institutions for India Initiative ...
Compensatory climate governance in In...

It is on the precarious and ever-shifting terrain of Indian federalism that a modern edifice of climate governance must be built. Where is the firm ground? Are there enduring characteristics of centre-state relations that let us arrive at a relatively stable description of Indian climate governan...

Tracking Finances under Rashtriya Kis...

The Rashtriya Kishore Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) is an adolescent health Programme within the ambit of the National Health Mission (NHM). This study focusses on the expenditures and fund flows of RKSK in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh (UP). It uses a combination of quantitative and qualitati...


Accountability Initiative
Mapping State Interventions Towards W...

The report examines interventions addressing violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC) in the State of Maharashtra. It also provides a brief insight into budgetary provisions existing in local governments for protection against VAW and VAC, potential overlaps among existing...


Accountability Initiative
Re FORM: Lessons for Urban Governance...

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the associated lockdowns have exacerbated pre-existing vulnerabilities of marginalised groups living in Indian cities/towns, including workers engaged in the informal sector as well urban poor living in congested and overcrowded informal settlements with inadequate ho...


SCALING CITY INSTITUTIONS FOR INDIA (SCI-FI)
Experiences of Frontline Workers in R...

This study examines the evolving role and experiences of Frontline Workers (FLWs) during and after the nation-wide lockdown in 2020. The findings provide insights into how FLWs shouldered additional responsibilities, how they have adapted to the disruption of routine health and nutrition relat...


Accountability Initiative
Abiding by nature, not national borde...

Mountains are hard to govern. National boundaries rarely reflect mountain geography and carve mountains into ecologically and socially incomplete sections. Mountain ecosystems, glaciers, rivers and communities are deeply intertwined, bearing all the complexity of systems that have evolved over mi...

Odisha Rural Sanitation Policy

Safe sanitation and clean surroundings have an immense impact on health, productivity, safety and dignity, and are vital for an enhanced quality of life. In response to the national and international commitments toward the Sustainable Development Goals, the Swachh Bharat Mission, and the National...


SCALING CITY INSTITUTIONS FOR INDIA (SCI-FI)