Agricultural Mandis and the Farmers’ Crisis
The SARS-Cov-2 pandemic induced disruptions in India’s agricultural sector combined with pre-existing regulatory barriers, present a grim reality for our farmers. In our latest episode of SO Basically, we dig deeper into the existing Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act and its impact on farmer choice and autonomy. Forcing farmers to sell only through government-regulated mandis, the APMC Act has resulted in increased entry and operational barriers restricting the creation of a competitive agricultural market system.
Our past episodes are available here.
#Policy Talks: Conversations with the Policy-makers
In an effort to bridge the gap between policy research and policy-making, we recently launched our ‘Policy Talks’ Series.g. Anchored by Yatish Rajawat, CEO, Centre for Civil Society (CCS) for our first interview we spoke to JP Dalal, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Haryana, to better understand the agricultural reforms, recently announced by the government in response to the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic. For our second interview, we spoke with Dushyant Singh Chautala, Deputy Chief Minister, Haryana on how the state of Haryana will be addressing the plethora of challenges posed by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic particularly relating to the crisis of jobs, MSMEs and migrant workers.
CCS at Charcha 2020: How can Civil Society Alleviate Poverty?
This May, we collaborated with the Nudge Foundation to host the Civil Society and Prosperity Track as a part of Charcha 2020. Charcha 2020 was a three-day virtual event, bringing together India's development sector leaders to dialogue on urgent development challenges. Our track addressed the role of the civil society and economic freedom in alleviating poverty, with dedicated panel discussions and sessions.
Over the course of three days, we conducted two panel discussions: Our first-panel discussion was on ‘India's Public Wealth: In Service of the Public’ with Yatish Rajawat, CEO, CCS; Rahul Basu, Director-Research, Goa Foundation; and Rajesh Jain, Founder, Netcore Solutions. Our second panel addressed the theme of ‘Empowering the Poor’ with Yatish Rajawat; Parth Shah, President, CCS; Barun Mitra, Founder, Liberty Institute and Shruti Rajagopalan, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University. We also hosted Dr Tom Palmer, Executive Vice President-International Programs, Atlas Network and Luis Miranda, Chairman, CCS for a conversation on ‘How Liberty Takes People out of Poverty’.
From our Research Desk: Restrictions on For-profit Education in India
Private schools account for 27% of total schools in India, and for 40% of the national enrollment (U-DISE, 2016-17). Despite their reach and significant role in education provisioning private schools continue to function in hostile environments, enduring persistent regulatory entry and operational hurdles. For example, though the Right to Education Act 2009, does not mention restrictions on schools run for-profit, according to its Model Rules schools are required to be non-profit in order to be recognised, compromising their ability to invest in quality, scaling and student ensuring outcomes.
Our latest research paper explores the various restrictions on for-profit education in India stemming from Supreme Court verdicts, Model and State Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Rules, and board affiliation norms.
Read our latest research here.