ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Yugank Goyal

Public Procurement in Medical Supplies

The Nanded government hospital tragedy is analysed in this article, and it is pointed out that there is a need to revisit the system of public procurement of medical supplies. Maharashtra moved from its old procurement system to the Medical Goods Procurement Authority Act, 2023 in March. Despite that, the tragedy took place and is said to have been a result of poor medical supply procurement.

Electoral Contests in MP, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan

Using poll data from the last four Vidhan Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan, three findings are distilled in this article. It is noted that the 2018 elections were of great significance in all three states in terms of breaking from the trend of the previous three elections, which makes 2023 even more consequential.

The Need for Developing a New Taxonomy for MSME

This article looks at the asymmetry embedded within the classification of micro, small and medium enter­prises that distorts equitable policy attention to the sector. Around 99% of MSMEs are microenterprises, and within micro, almost 70% consists of “tiny” units, often called nano-enterprises. It then examines the historical evolution of these classifications and their numerical arbitrariness, and shows that the taxonomy needs to be revised.

 

Using Public Procurement Strategically

The article examines policy decisions and practices in public procurement in India during the pandemic, and finds that bureaucracy could not use public procurement strategically and relied upon archaic and centralised management of procurement to (mis)handle the pandemic. The article also offers some lessons from China’s procurement designs and calls for a major reform in this sector in India.

 

Telecom Woes in India

The Supreme Court ruling has shaken the telecom sector, putting the future of Vodafone-Idea at a serious risk. But, is this the real issue that ails the sector? The deeper problems in the telecom sector are examined to show why, in the future, the emerging nature of judicial decision-making and rapid changes in the innovation dynamics of this market require a different type of regulatory governance and designs.

Examining Electoral Data

West Bengal and Kerala are often juxtaposed under a common communist identity in most scholarly and policy discourse. We deconstruct these linkages by looking at election result data in these states in the past five decades. Our observations indicate that (i) the assumed supremacy of communist preference in the two states must be diluted, and (ii) the tendency to put both states in the same political basket must be revisited. Since election data are a direct reflection of the people’s preferences, this paper adds an important contribution to the literature by looking at the demand side of the political market.