Friday, June 24, 2016

30 June 2016: The law on medical malpractices and possible reform areas

Gopinath N. Shenoy, Medico-legal Consultant

Abstract:
The speaker will be sharing his experience as member of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) on the Medical malpractice and the existing regulations and the involvement of enforcement agencies in streamlining medical practice. He will concentrate on four key areas: (i) disclosures mandated by law; (ii) referral practices and commissions; (iii) consent; and (iv) duty of physician towards patients - all in terms of protecting the patients, especially: where they spend; how and on whom they spend; when they spend; and, are these logical.

Date: June 30, 2016
Time: 04:00 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall, Ground Floor
R&T Building
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy,
18/2 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110067(INDIA)

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Those who are interested may please confirm your participation at bins.sebastian@nipfp.org.in

Monday, June 13, 2016

23 June 2016: The Multiplier Debate and the Eurozone Crisis

Joshua Felman
International Monetary Fund

Abstract:
In a famous paper, Blanchard and Leigh (2013) discovered that there was a strong link between fiscal consolidation projected in Spring 2010 and subsequent growth forecast errors. They interpreted this link as indicating that forecasters had used multipliers that were far too low. This paper argues that this interpretation was not correct. The real problem was that forecasters failed to foresee the euro area crisis.

Date: June 23, 2016
Time: 04:30 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall, Ground Floor
R&T Building
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy,
18/2 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110067(INDIA)

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Those who are interested may please confirm your participation at bins.sebastian@nipfp.org.in

Friday, June 3, 2016

9 June 2016: Integration between spot and futures markets and the way forward in commodity markets

Samir Shah
NCDEX

Abstract:
Indian agricultural market structure is characterised by over 7000 markets (APMCs). Each market in most states (other than a few states which have started the reform process) act as disconnected markets where a skewed market structure exists with an average of only 4-5 buyers to every seller. This deprives the small and marginal farmer from effective access to markets. We believe that 'right to market access' should be a cause that needs to be championed for farmers in India. 'Right to market access' means the ease with which a farmer can sell across grade, location and time. NCDEX Group and Government of Karnataka pioneered the beginning of this program of 'right to market access' through a reform program by building the first ever State Agri Market (SAM) initiated a few years ago. More recently Government of India has initiated an e-NAM project to set up a National Agri Market. Agri futures have been developed by NCDEX over the last 13 years. How can we build an effective market structure that integrates NAM, SAM, Futures seamlessly?

Date: June 9, 2016
Time: 04:00 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall, Ground Floor
R&T Building
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy,
18/2 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110067(INDIA)

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

3 June 2016: PAISA 2016 A new era in fiscal devolution in India? Studies Tracking fiscal devolution to State governments and Panchayats in India

Opening Remarks:
Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India

Discussants:
Indira Rajaraman, Retired professor of economics and member of Thirteenth Finance Commission of India
Santosh Mathew, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development
Pinaki Chakraborty, Professor, National Institute of Public Finance Policy

Moderator:
M.K. Venu, Founding Editor, thewire.in

Abstract:
The papers will explore the evolving devolution narrative in India from two perspectives. The first paper will present findings from a detailed exploration of 19 state budgets to understand the effects of the Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) recommendations on resource allocation at the state level. This paper will specifically focus on implications of the FFC recommendations on social sector investments and the emerging role of the Union government in this changed scenario.

The second paper studies the decentralization narrative from the perspective of Gram Panchayats. Through a detailed exploration of the Karnataka state budget and an expenditure tracking exercise that focuses on 30 Gram Panchayats in Mulbagal Taluka, Kolar district, this study tracks trends in fiscal decentralization in the state and attempts to identify the specific quantum of monies spent in the jurisdiction of Gram Panchayats contrasted with the money that Gram Panchayats actually receive.

Date: June 3, 2016
Time: 10:00 A.M.

Venue:
Lecture Room 2
India International Centre,
Max Mueller Marg,
New Delhi - 110003(INDIA)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

27 May 2016: Dissenting Diagnosis

Dr. Arun Gadre and Dr. Abhay Shukla

Abstract:
Complaints about the state of medical care are increasing in today's India; whether it is unnecessary investigations, botched operations or expensive, sometimes even harmful, medication. But while the unease is widespread, few outside the profession understand the extent to which the medical system is being distorted. Dr. Arun Gadre and Dr. Abhay Shukla have gathered evidence from seventy eight practicing doctors, in both the private and public medical sectors across six states and across 23 fields of medicine (including traditional), to expose the ways in which vulnerable patients are exploited by a system that promotes unscrupulous medical practices. Drawing on the frank and courageous statements of these seventy-eight doctors dismayed at the state of their profession, Dissenting Diagnosis lays bare the corruption afflicting the medical sector in India and sets out solutions for a healthier future.The duo will be talking on how Medical malpractice has pushed India to face poverty, how regulatory insufficiency has pushed medical personnel to promote "Hospital Mall" culture in medical practice.

Date: May 27, 2016
Time: 04:30 P.M.

Venue:
Conference Hall, Ground Floor
R&T Building
National Institute of Public Finance and Policy,
18/2 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110067(INDIA)

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30 May 2016: Understanding Land Acquisition Disputes in India

Namita Wahi
Pallav Shukla and
Ankit Bhatia
Centre for Policy Research(CPR)

Abstract:
The law and practice of land acquisition has historically been a hugely contentious issue in India. The British colonial state enacted a number of laws, the most important of which was the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, to facilitate the state's takeover of land pursuant to its power of eminent domain. This law was in force for a 119 years, until its repeal and replacement by the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (the “LARR Act, 2013”). On 31 December, 2014, the Union government notified the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement(Amendment) Ordinance, 2014 (the “LARR Ordinance, 2014”), which substantially amended the provisions of the LARR Act, 2013. The LARR Ordinance, 2014 was re-promulgated twice but a bill to replace the Ordinance, ("the LARR Amendment Bill, 2015") was not passed into law. The government's inability to garner parliamentary support to pass the LARR Amendment Bill, 2015, into a country wide law, testifies to the intense and continued political contestation regarding this subject. 

Despite its persistent and polarising nature, the debate on land acquisition has been marked by a lack of systematic and comprehensive data in support of particular positions. Existing studies on land acquisition have tended to focus on particular issues, like compensation, or on particular conflicts, or have been otherwise limited in terms of geography and time.  In this study, the Land Rights Initiative team will present findings from a systematic study of all cases on land acquisition decided by the Supreme Court of India from 1950 to 2015. The LRI team analysed these cases along various metrics, such as public purpose, procedure, compensation, invocation of the urgency clause, pendency of claims, and tracked trends with respect to distribution of conflicts across geography and time, and central and state laws. This is the first comprehensive country wide study of land acquisition disputes since India's independence. In this seminar, the LRI team will present our findings from this study and describe questions for future research. 

Date: May 30, 2016
Time: 09:00 A.M.

Venue:
Conference Room 2
India International Centre,
Max Mueller Marg,
New Delhi - 110003(INDIA)

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

14 May 2016: Bankruptcy Laws & Cross-Border Insolvency in India - The Way Ahead

Organised by:
Centre for Transnational Commercial Law,
National Law University, Delhi

Programme Schedule

Date: May 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Venue:
National Law University
Sector 14, Dwarka,
New Delhi – 110078

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