An autonomous research institute under the Ministry of Finance


Ongoing projects

Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY): Design Contours, Emerging Patterns and Cost to the Government

  • Start date Oct., 2020
  • Completion date June, 2022
  • Sponsor National Health Agency, Government of India
  • Project leader Mita Choudhury
  • Consultants/Other authors Dweepobotee Brahma and Pritam Datta
  • Focus

    The Central Government initiated a country-wide health insurance scheme for the bottom 40 per cent of population through the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). This flagship scheme is expected to attract a significant amount of public spending in the next couple of years. We examine the accessibility to the scheme and claims in the first three years to highlight the emerging contours and their implications for the fiscal burden as well as the effectiveness of public spending on the scheme. 

Study on Gender Sensitive Budgeting on School Education

  • Start date Jan., 2019
  • Sponsor National Coalition for Education
  • Project leader Sukanya Bose and Anuradha De, Collaborative Research and Dissemination (CORD)
  • Focus

    Gender budget is an analytical tool which scrutinizes the government budget to reveal its gender-differentiated impact and advocate for greater priorities for programmes and schemes to address the gender-based disadvantages that women face. The objective is to understand the policies and practices on gender budgeting in their application to the school education sector.  Do gender budgets exist? If yes, how meaningful are these as a tool for planning and prioritisation for education of girls? What is the pattern of education spending on girls as reflected in the budgets? What kind of improvements in data are required for a more meaningful gender budgeting exercise? 

A study on public procurement of pharmaceutical drugs and quality control

  • Start date June, 2020
  • Completion date April, 2021
  • Sponsor Thakur Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Project leader Ila Patnaik
  • Consultants/Other authors Harleen Kaur, Madhur Mehta, Ashim Kapoor, Siddharth Srivastava
  • Focus
    The objectives of the study are: 
    research on Central and state government expenditure on public procurements;
    the procurement process evaluation; 
    the tendering process; 
    blacklisting policies; 
    how India can leverage the public procurement system to improve drug quality across the pharmaceutical industry; 
    whether or not there is a need for a public procurement law specific to the procurement of drugs; 
    profile of national companies which supply drugs to states; 
    Not of Standardised Quality (NSQ) drugs is published by Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) on the Sugam portal periodically. What role does this information play in procurement process and what actions do agencies take against repeat offenders.

Documentation Centre for ICSSR-MHA project on `Critical Issues in Special Areas’

  • Start date May, 2018
  • Completion date Dec., 2021
  • Sponsor Indian Council of Social Science Research
  • Project leader Ila Patnaik
  • Consultants/Other authors Ashim Kapoor, Rachna Sharma
  • Focus

    The Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) has recently undertaken a project, sponsored by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), to study critical issues in special areas in India. As part of this project, the NIPFP is assisting ICSSR to assemble documents for creating a digital library related to the study topic.  The NIPFP will design and maintain the digital library, which will include primary materials such as Constituent Assembly debates, legal instruments, policy documents, United Nations documents and contracts.

Making Land Markets Work Better

  • Start date April, 2019
  • Completion date Dec., 2021
  • Sponsor Omidyar Network
  • Project leader Ila Patnaik
  • Consultants/Other authors Devendra Damle, Tushar Anand, Karan Gulati, Viraj Joshi, Vishal Trehan, Siddhartha Srivastava, Sarang Mohrir, Guntaas Kaur Uppal, Namita Goel, Aanshi Sharma
  • Focus
    Land is an important factor of production and possibly one of the least reformed ones in the Indian economy.  The increased pace of growth and consequent urbanization over the past two decades have led to demand-driven transformations in land markets. 
    The objective of this study is to: 
    Gain knowledge of land administration systems, in order to improve administrative design and capacity.
    Understand the role of rights and restrictions on land in order to reduce inefficiencies, lower transaction costs and create better property rights in land markets.
    Understand market failures in land markets, and the role and design of regulations governing land.