Accountability Initiative, CPR is delighted to invite you to a seminar on PAISA 2016 A new era in fiscal devolution in India? Studies Tracking fiscal devolution to State governments and Panchayats in India Friday, 3 June, 10:00 a.m. – 01:00 p.m.
Opening Remarks: Dr Arvind Subramaniam Discussants: Dr Indira Rajaraman, Dr Santosh Mathew, Dr Pinaki Chakraborty Moderator: M.K. Venu
The papers will explore the evolving devolution narrative in India from two perspectives. The first paper will present findings from a detailed exploration of 19 state budgets to understand the effects of the Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) recommendations on resource allocation at the state level. This paper will specifically focus on implications of the FFC recommendations on social sector investments and the emerging role of the Union government in this changed scenario.
The second paper studies the decentralization narrative from the perspective of Gram Panchayats. Through a detailed exploration of the Karnataka state budget and an expenditure tracking exercise that focuses on 30 Gram Panchayats in Mulbagal Taluka, Kolar district, this study tracks trends in fiscal decentralization in the state and attempts to identify the specific quantum of monies spent in the jurisdiction of Gram Panchayats contrasted with the money that Gram Panchayats actually receive.