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THERE is a rich city in our country that turns one of our major rivers into a sewage canal, but uses less than two- thirds of the sewerage treatment capacity it has installed. It sucks in water from distant hills, but still cannot provide water to even its planned settlements which, in any case, are home to less than one-fourth of its population. More is spent on connecting this city than on the national highway network that connects the five other major cities of the country – yet, the city cannot find depot space for its public bus service.

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 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. 

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.