Current Size: 90%
During 2014-15, the Centre has been assigned the following tasks
Functions of the Economic Cell
- All matters pertaining to the Cabinet/ Cabinet Committees (Cabinet Notes), and Committee of Secretaries, and also providing comments on policy matters received from various Ministries.
- All matters having bearing on internal and external economic management in the Ministry and reform in the environment and forest sectors.
- Formulation, Implementation and Monitoring of Work Plans of the Centre of Excellence in Environment Economics, Madras School of Economics, Chennai.
- Development of Green Public Procurement Guidelines.
- Appraisal of environmentally-friendly proposals relating to fiscal incentives, and recommendation on inclusion of the same in Union Budget proposals - Budget proposals.
- Providing material for Economic Survey of M/o Finance, Finance Minister’s Budget Speech, etc.
- Nodal Division for handling and coordinating all matters referred by the Ministry of Finance.
- Nodal Division to monitor implementation of specific announcements in the Union Budget concerning Ministry of Environment & Forests.
- Secretariat for the Sectoral Committee to Review the Release and Utilization of the Grants-in-Aid for State Specific Needs recommended by the Thirteenth Finance Commission.
- Compliance under the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003.
- Gender Budgeting issues.
- Parliament Questions on policy matters
Centre of Excellence for Environment Economics, Madras School of Economics (MSE), Chennai
Performance/ Achievements/ Progress made in 2014-15, including projected activities, with physical and financial targets and actual performance:
Concept paper clearly identifying India’s stand on the environmental goods agreement that some fourteen WTO members have launched in the forum of plurilateral negotiation.
CoE Newsletters: “Green Thoughts” (biannual publication)
Visiting Researcher Fellowship Programme
- Environmental Economics Website
The Centre’s state-of-the-art website http://coe.mse.ac.in has been updated to make it more user-friendly. Efforts have been made to augment the database on environmental economics literature. A number of Indian studies have also been added to the database. The website is serving as one-stop destination for users interested in environmental economics related issues in India. Under various sub-disciplines of environmental economics and resource economics, about 7,500 articles published in referred journals have been categorized. This searchable database enables the users to access information and the abstract of the publications and also provides scope for carrying out comprehensive literature review.
For the financial year 2014-15, preparation of two bibliographic notes was part of work plan (i) ‘Water Pollution Impacts’ and (ii) ‘Biofuels’ out of which note on ‘Water Pollution Impacts’ has been completed.
- Training Programs
The Vision Document, 2012-17 of CoE-MSE also envisages conducting of at least one training program per year on issues related to Environmental Economics, either through funding from the Ministry or other sources. For the current year 2014-15, the Centre organized a three-day training program on ‘Environmental Fiscal Reforms: International Experience and Relevance for India’ for the officers of the eastern states including Odisha, Bihar and West Bengal during 30th October – 1st November 2014 at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. The training program was inaugurated by the Senior Adviser, MoEF&CC. The Centre had submitted its report to the Ministry on successful completion of the training program, in the second week of December 2014.