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Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) is a policy research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi. It analyses public policies and government finances in India, and advocates for greater transparency, accountability and public participation in budget processes.

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Updates on Union Budget 2015-16

Open Budget Survey 2015: What does it say about budget transparency in India? - Nilachala Acharya

September 10, 2015

The Open Budget Survey (OBS), carried out over a large number of countries biennially by the International Budget Partnership, uses documented evidence and objective criteria to evaluate the extent of transparency in the budgets of national level governments. Its assessment of transparency in budgets focuses on whether the government provides the public with timely and comprehensive access to eight key budget documents that are considered important globally.

The OBS 2015, which is the fifth round of this survey introduced in 2006, also evaluates three other important parameters of the overall accountability eco-system of budgets in a country, viz. the opportunities for the public to participate in the budget process and the ability of legislatures and supreme audit institutions to provide effective oversight of government budgets; quantitative assessments of these is a new feature of the biennial survey.

Updates on Policies and Governance

Budget Simplified

Budget Infographic

How does India's tax system compare with those of other G20 Countries?

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Learn About Budget Concepts and Terms

Learn about the key concepts and terms used in budgets and fiscal policy discussions, like, Plan and Non-Plan Expenditure, Direct Tax vs. Indirect Tax, SCSP and TSP etc.

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Budget Track

BUDGET TRACK - Issues before the 14th Finance Commission

This edition of Budget Track offers critical insights on a range of issues relevant in the context of the 14th Finance Commission. It discusses the shrinking fiscal autonomy of States, erosion in governance capacity at the sub-national level, and need for substantive fiscal decentralisation, among other issues.

People's Budget Initiative

People's Budget InitiativeA civil society coalition, which campaigns for the inclusion of people's movements, grassroots organisations and national and international NGOs in the policy processes that determine the priorities underlying government budgets in India.

CBGA is part of:Think Tank Initiative
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