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Meera Mehta
CEPT University
meeramehta@cept.ac.in
Meera Mehta is Professor Emeritus at CEPT University and an international consultant with 30 years of experience in water, urban development and infrastructure finance. She joined CEPT in 1979 and was the Director of School for Planning before joining the USAID’s FIRE Project in India (1994-1999) and later the World Bank in India and its Water and Sanitation Program in Africa (2000-2006). She has also consulted for a large number of international agencies, national and local governments, and leading international NGOs. She studied Architecture at under-graduate level and city and regional planning at post-graduate level. She has a doctoral degree in economics

Articles By Meera Mehta
14th Finance Commission: A trust-based approach towards local governments
Posted On: 27 Apr 2015


The 14th Finance Commission has been hailed as ‘path-breaking’ for recommending larger fund allocations to state governments and giving them more autonomy in spending these funds. In this article, Meera Mehta and Dinesh Mehta highlight that the Commission has also recognised the need to trust and respect local government bodies, and has allocated much larger funds to them. Will this approach work and will state governments cooperate?
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Financing sanitation
Posted On: 11 Nov 2014

Topics:   Health

The Government of India has set a rather ambitious goal of eliminating open defecation by 2019. For urban areas, this implies providing toilets to about 22 million households. This column contends that it is possible to achieve this goal if the limited public funds are leveraged to facilitate innovative financing mechanisms, through a demand-led scheme for toilets.
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Open defecation in cities: A faltering India story
Posted On: 23 Apr 2014

Topics:   Health , Urbanisation

Despite significant public investment in urban sanitation, over 37 million people in Indian cities resort to open defecation. This column examines the existing information on open defecation in urban India, and finds that the most important determinant is access to on-premise toilets. Local government leadership, targeted and smart subsidies, stakeholder collaboration and innovative financing options can help increase such access and accelerate elimination of the problem.
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