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Raja Chelliah Memorial Lecture Series

6th Raja Chelliah Memorial Lecture

Title: Fiscal and Monetary Interface in India                                                                                                                   


Speaker: Dr Y.V. Reddy, Former Governor, RBI and Chairman, 14th Finance Commission.


Venue and Date: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. 24th March, 2017.

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5th Raja Chelliah Memorial Lecture

Title: Issues in India's External Sector                                                                                                                    


SpeakerC. Rangarajan Former Chairmain Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, Former Governor Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Chairman Madras School of Economics.


Venue and Date: India International Centre, 13th March 2015

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4th Raja Chelliah Memorial Lecture

Title: The Growth-Equity Tradeoff in Tax Policy Design: Evidence from a Large Panel of Countries

SpeakerJorge Martinez-Vazquez, Regents Professor of Economics and Director of International Studies Program, Andrew School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.


Venue and Date: India International Centre, 8 November 2012

3rd Raja Chelliah Memorial Lecture

Title: Current VAT Issues, with lessons for the GST in India



Speaker: Michael Keen, Senior Advisor, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF).


Venue and Date: India International Centre, New Delhi, February 9, 2012

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2nd Raja Chelliah Memorial Lecture

Title: The Termites of the State: Why the Normative and Positive Roles of the Government Differ?



Speaker: Vito Tanzi, former Director Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF).


Venue and Date: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 17th March, 2011

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1st Raja Chelliah Memorial Lecture

Title: On the Adoption of Tax Reforms



Speaker: Alan Auerbach, Director Robert D. Burch Centre for Tax Policy and Public Finance, University of California, Berkeley, USA.


Venue and Date: ASSOCHAM Hall, New Delhi, 15th December, 2009

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Raja Chelliah was the founder-director of NIPFP.  A renowned scholar and an authority on public finance, he was instrumental in designing some of the crucial fiscal reforms in India. He made remarkable contributions in the country's public policy formulation, and held a number of important positions in the government. He was the Chairman of the Tax Reforms Committee constituted by the Government of India in 1991, a member of Planning Commission, a member of the Administrative Reforms Commission and various State-level bodies on taxation-related issues. He also held the post of the Chief of the Fiscal Affairs Division of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and had been a part of the World Bank's missions to other countries on Inter-Governmental Fiscal relations. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2007. He passed away in April 2009. 


To commemorate his contributions, NIPFP instituted an annual lecture series in 2009. The Memorial Lecture is delivered by an eminent expert on fiscal policy issues.