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Environmental Accounting in India

Does the present income accounting system represent the real value of the wealth of the economy? If not, how do we evaluate the performance economy? How can the present evaluation method accommodate different aspects of the economy, society, and the environment? If these aspects are not considered in the evaluation process, can it be justified socially or environmentally? In this paper, we discuss the limitations of conventional income accounting, recent developments in environmental accounting at the international level, the progress and challenges of environmental accounting in India, and the way forward.


Silver Lining in Odisha's Organised Manufacturing Sector

Odisha's industry sector began a phase of high growth in 2002-03. It contributed just 24% to the gross state domestic product in 1980-81, but 38% in 2007-08, before declining to 33% in 2012-13. This paper points out that organised manufacturing, especially in basic metal and alloys, has been the driver of growth in the last decade. The average productivity of labour in organised manufacturing increased during 1981-90, peaked in 1989-90, declined in 1991-2002, and has been rising again from 2002-03. Labour productivity has grown the most in basic metal and alloys, and capital accumulation in paper and paper products. Capital productivity shows a negative trend overall. Total factor productivity fell in manufacturing as a whole and three major sub-sectors, barring basic metal and alloys, and chemical and chemical products.

Challenges in Ensuring Elementary Education for All

Challenges in ensuring elementary education for All Amarendra Das Article 45 of the Indian Constitution vows to provide free and compulsory education to all

Regulatory Authority over Minerals: A Case for Review

This article critically appraises the incumbent regulatory mechanism in minerals and proposes a redrawal of the authority of central and state governments. It argues that for ensuring intra-generational and inter-generational equity the ownership rights over minerals should be vested with the state governments and the regulatory power with the central government. State governments should be provided with adequate elbowroom to mobilise revenue for the development of local communities in mining areas. Therefore, the present system of uniform royalty rates determined by the central government should be removed and states should be free to determine their royalty rates and other levies.

Community Participation in Monitoring Coal Production

This note critiques the article on illegal coal mining (EPW, December 8, 2007) on what causes and constitutes illegality when a large number of people's livelihoods depend on it.

How Far Have We Come in Sarva Siksha Abhiyan?

Five years after the launch of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, it is time to make a realistic assessment of its achievements. Official statistics reveal a promising reduction in dropout rates especially for girls; however, the quality of infrastructure and teaching standards in government schools leaves much to be desired.


The provision allowing for the net export of 400 million tonnes of iron ore over a period of 30 years as part of the memorandum of understanding with Pohang Steel Company of South Korea is indeed, retrograde. There is an urgent need to review mining policy at the state and national level.

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