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Karnataka's Changing Fiscal Landscape

Analysing the second Karnataka budget since the Fourteenth Finance Commission award, it is noted that, as assured, more fiscal space is made available to the state government. With greater untied funds, the state has budgeted for higher capital expenditure in some key areas--urban development, police, and tribal welfare--even as it failed to build capacity for power generation, and has introduced too many schemes with too little funds allocated to each.

Making State Budgets Transparent and User-Friendly

The Maharashtra government appointed a one-man committee consisting of the author to prepare a report to initiate reforms in the state government's budget-making process. The report was prepared and submitted to the state government in September last year and was accepted by the government in December. This paper brings out some of the more important observations and recommendations of the report.
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