Antra Bhatt Hakhu is an Assistant Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India. Prior to joining TISS, she has worked as a consultant with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations at their Rome Headquarters, Italy. She has also worked as a consultant with the Asian Development Bank on a project on ‘Sovereign Debt Sustainability in Asia Pacific’. She received a B.A. in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and a Ph.D. in International Economics from University of Rome-Tor Vergata, Italy. Her primary research interests include public finance in federal countries, public debt sustainability and applied econometrics.
The Planning Commission and federal transfers
20 Nov 2014
A key function of the Planning Commission was to allocate financial assistance from the centre to the states in support of the five-year plan. In view of the impending replacement of the Planning Commission, Antra Bhatt Hakhu analyses the nature of federal transfers – both by the Planning Commission and the Finance Commission – during 1990-2010 to derive lessons for the body that will be allocating plan transfers going forward.
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