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By: Sama Khan

Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) was launched to address the growing challenges of urbanization by improving infrastructure, governance and the quality of life in cities. This paper assesses all the four sub-missions under JNNURM i.e UIG and BSUP for big cities and UIDSSMT and IHSDP for small towns and cities. The analysis of all the four sub-missions of JNNURM affirms the notion of metropolitan bias that attributes greater policy attention and resources to the larger cities as compared to the small towns.

By: Vyoma Jha

In India, institutional arrangements around climate finance have mostly followed national policy responses to climate change. This paper maps the emergence of climate change policy in India and subsequently traces the evolution of arrangements around climate finance. An early assessment of the climate finance landscape in India suggests that it is a highly complex and fragmented space with a multiplicity of institutions, actors, and channels of climate finance, both public and private, and domestic and international.

The process of urbanization in terms of workforce patterns is largely considered to be unidirectional – increasing engagement of the workforce in non-agricultural occupational pursuits. Using a unique database matching Census data on rural settlements for 2001 and 2011, this paper shows that this process is not straightforward and is characterised by considerable variation and unpredictability. This poses several questions regarding policy implementation, and particularly, on where the focus of the government’s ‘RURBAN’ initiatives should be. 

The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India set up a High-level Committee under the Chairmanship of Mr. T.S.R. Subramanian to review six environmental laws and recommend necessary amendments. A submission titled 'A Framework of Principles for Environmental Regulatory Reform' was made to the Committee by a set of CPR faculty. 


Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad—five of the largest Indian megacities—are the economic and commercial engines for modern India. These metropolitan regions serve as magnets of migration, resulting in explosive growth of the core cities and their urban agglomerations. Yet arrangements for governance of these metropolitan regions are fractured and sterile.