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Bhagwati-Srinivasan Report on Economic Reforms

on Economic Reforms M A Oommen For a country facing "unprecedented economic crisis and socio-political turmoil ", to quote the finance ministry's own discussion paper on the economic reforms, will a standardised prescription provide the right remedy?

Relative Tax Effort of States

AII the Finance Commissions (except the Sixth) have recognised tax effort of a state as a factor to be considered in the allocation of the divisible pool of financial resources among the states. To recognise this is one thing, but to follow it up in the allocation formula with the help of a well-defined methodology is another.

Differential Interest Rate Scheme Findings of a Field Study

of a Field Study M A Oommen Under the Differential Interest Rates (DIR) scheme, nationalised banks advance to the weaker sections of society loans at a concessional rate of interest of 4 per cent per annum. This paper reports the findings of a field investigation covering 143 households in two districts in Kerala, Trichur and Malappu- ram, borrowing under the scheme. This investigation of these selected beneficiary households shows that while the DIR cannot be faulted on turning out to be a 'relief programme, misallocation and misutilisation of loans has not been avoided, and the loans have not been avoided, and the loans have not always gone to the poor and the needy.


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