INRM Policy Briefs

The India Resident Mission (INRM) Policy Brief Series is sponsored by ADB and is designed as a forum to disseminate findings from policy research work undertaken on the Indian economy.

  • Emerging Issues in Land Policy
    1 Mar 2007

    Emerging Issues in Land Policy

    This policy brief focuses on land policy in India in the changing agrarian economy. It also touches upon some related policy goals, such as poverty alleviation, conflict management, sustainable economic growth, and good environmental management.
  • Hiving off Noncore Activities in Railways
    1 Mar 2007

    Hiving off Noncore Activities in Railways

    This policy brief discusses options for improving the management of India's railway system. It suggests corporatization, disinvestment, and setting up of joint ventures with strategic partners as ways to ensure the good financial health of the system.
  • Viability of Inland Water Transport in India
    1 Mar 2007

    Viability of Inland Water Transport in India

    This policy brief assesses the viability of inland water transport India and suggests a guide for policy formulation.
  • Bottlenecks in the Growth of Coastal Shipping
    1 Mar 2007

    Bottlenecks in the Growth of Coastal Shipping

    This policy brief discusses the factors that have slowed down the growth of coastal shipping in India, and offers possible policy initiatives and fiscal and financial incentives to encourage it.
  • Prioritizing Agricultural Research and Extension
    1 Mar 2007

    Prioritizing Agricultural Research and Extension

    This policy brief attempts to understand the current status of agricultural research and extension system, identify the gaps, and suggest improvements with specific focus on food security, poverty reduction, sustainable use of natural resources, and agricultural production in the context of globalization.
  • Small-scale Industries in the Age of Liberalization / Disinvestment and Privatization in India: Assessment and Options
    1 Nov 2006

    Small-scale Industries in the Age of Liberalization / Disinvestment and Privatization in India: Assessment and Options

    This first paper in this policy brief discusses the comparative advantage of small scale industries and addresses the policy issues that constrain the sector's growth. The second study assesses the disinvestment-privatization process in India and provides options for policy development and/or reforms.
  • Regulatory Framework for Infrastructure
    1 Nov 2006

    Regulatory Framework for Infrastructure

    This policy brief reviews two aspects of independent regulation: institutional efficacy, including primarily autonomy, capacity, and accountability; and the mode of regulation, or the regulator's functional scope. The recommendations are, by and large, concerned with regulatory process, including member/staff selection, rulemaking, and appeals but also consider the role of the executive and legislative intervention therein. Issues of structure are also addressed: Should regulators be independent or tied to ministries? Should there be sector-specific or broader, central regulators?
  • Decentralization and Local Finance / The Working of State Finance Commissions
    1 Nov 2006

    Decentralization and Local Finance / The Working of State Finance Commissions

    The first paper in this policy brief examines two major aspects of decentralization: fiscal decentralization and the status of decentralization. The second study examines various state finance commissions' (SFCs) performance and the reasons for their differential performance. It also indicates policy options for their improved functioning.
  • Trade Liberalization, Poverty, and Income Inequality in India / Nontariff Barriers Affecting India's Export
    1 Nov 2006

    Trade Liberalization, Poverty, and Income Inequality in India / Nontariff Barriers Affecting India's Export

    The first study in this policy brief discusses the impact of India's trade liberalization as part of its economic reforms and structural adjustment programs initiated during the 1990s on poverty and income inequality. Policy recommendations are made on the basis of these findings. The second paper illustrates the range of trade barriers Indian exporters face in many developed-country markets (especially US, EU, and Japan), and suggests policy responses.
  • Electricity Regulatory Mechanism / Environmental Aspect of Power Development
    1 Aug 2006

    Electricity Regulatory Mechanism / Environmental Aspect of Power Development

    The first study in this policy brief discusses the lack of an integrated national energy policy in India and how this affects electricity tariffs and performance in terms of financial viability of electricity enterprises in distribution. The second paper discusses measures for environmental management, including policy reforms and setting up of environmental requirements for the power sector.

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