Category: India

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Sequestering the fiscal bounty

The notional ‘saving’ of ~Rs 1 lakh crore on the fiscal deficit front offers India an opportunity to create a fund to deal with climate change Financial Express Fiscal year 2021-22 has been volatile, to say the least. The Budget for FY2022 was presented on Feb 1 last year at a time when the first wave of Covid-19 was firmly behind us. However, soon … Read More Sequestering the fiscal bounty

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Madhya Pradesh: Food, forts, palaces, history, jungles, temples, hills, rivers, lakes…

Driving around for a fortnight Four families, four cars, fifteen of us, for four thousand kilometres over a fortnight: to me this was a flight of fantasy that such a plan could see execution. Yet, here are we are and here is what you can expect when you make a trip to magical Madhya Pradesh, which as their tourism ad says, is the heart … Read More Madhya Pradesh: Food, forts, palaces, history, jungles, temples, hills, rivers, lakes…

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Shaping our Green Future: Pathways and Policies for a Net Zero Transition

Observer Research Foundation (ORF) put together a monograph on Shaping Our Green Future: Pathways and Policies for a Net-Zero Transformation. 1 They pulled together a fantastic set of perspectives from Mr. Jayant Sinha, The Fletcher Business School, Climate Policy Lab, MacArthur Foundation, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, and NIIF. This is a timely publication – coming while COP26 is on at Glasgow, Scotland and when … Read More Shaping our Green Future: Pathways and Policies for a Net Zero Transition

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Financing the Green Transition

Financial Express New sources of capital and new instruments are required to power the green transition Green Transition is a reality: it is here and now. The recent spate of high-impact climate-related disasters across the world (floods, wildfires, heatwaves, etc.) have underscored the magnitude of challenges facing humanity cutting across country borders. This has prompted societies and leaders across the world into thinking and … Read More Financing the Green Transition

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India: Getting ready for global macro resets

Second wave of Covid-19 is now behind us. Localized lockdowns are opening, economic activity is coming back to pre-pandemic levels, and vaccinations are now proceeding apace with large, assured supply over the next few months. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has eased monetary conditions for the stressed sectors and Government has extended its program for support to the vulnerable. With fiscal space available as … Read More India: Getting ready for global macro resets

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Vaccine tracker – taking it down

Last month when the CoWIN APIs had just been released, a few of us got together and created a portal to track availability of vaccines. The portal (http://vaccineavailability.atilotia.com/) saw around 400,000 hits with around 40,000 unique people visiting it over the course of the last few weeks. When we had started, we did not know what to expect: it turned out to a very … Read More Vaccine tracker – taking it down

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Attracting Large Pools of Capital for a Green Transition

Financial Express India is a signatory and strong advocate for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the only large country on track for emissions reduction as agreed under the Paris convention. These transitions are expected to be net positive for the economy from cleaning up the emissions, creating new jobs, and fostering economic growth. International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that … Read More Attracting Large Pools of Capital for a Green Transition

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Infra investment plans: India and the USA

Financial Express Two of the largest democracies have embarked on a massive capital investment planover the next few years US President Biden recently announced a two-part plan to invest in the USA: first part of the plan details a USD 2.2 trillion investment in “hard” infrastructure and second part, the families plan, puts in USD 1.8 trillion in “soft” infrastructure. The combined plan, at … Read More Infra investment plans: India and the USA

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Modelling the vaccine market in India

A new chapter has opened up in India’s fight against Covid-19 with three big changes in April. Starting May, vaccines are now available for all adults in India. The central government is no longer the only purchaser – the vaccine manufacturers are now free to sell to the state governments and also to private sector (hospitals, companies, etc.). Also, many new vaccines are entering … Read More Modelling the vaccine market in India

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Know when vaccine slots become available

Click here to check availability for slots for those in the 18-44 age range. The full link is this: http://vaccineavailability.atilotia.com/ Use filters to check whether COVID-19 vaccination slots are available in your city or pin code. This is applicable for both Covishield and Covaxin shots. Do note that this is not an official portal. The data is sourced from Co-WIN APIs. It’s being done … Read More Know when vaccine slots become available

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‘Moving epicenters’ – preparing India for future waves of Covid

India faced a severe second wave of Covid-19 – actionable public policy recommendations to prepare ourselves better An unexpected, unprecedented 16X surge Around end March 2021, with rapidly reducing active cases, India was getting back to its pre-Covid days in its economic and mobility indicators. Record-high Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection of Rs 1.24 trillion in that month underscored the return of the … Read More ‘Moving epicenters’ – preparing India for future waves of Covid

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India’s USD 550 bn stimulus

Relaxation in fiscal deficit targets creates enhanced fiscal space for India: this offers an opportunity to build India Financial Express Last month was abuzz with many commentaries on the Union Budget 2021-22 – the document was dissected for its numbers and narrative. Many new and bold ideas such as privatization of public sector undertakings (as the Government confines itself largely to the strategic sectors), … Read More India’s USD 550 bn stimulus