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Nilachala Acharya

Research Coordinator

Nilachala’s research interests include financing of agriculture, issues related to food and nutrition security, and transparency in government budgets in India. He possesses in-depth understanding of government budgets and budgetary processes at the national and sub-national levels in India and other South Asian countries and frequently contributes articles and papers to various books and journals.  At CBGA, he is responsible for coordinating research and the various processes meant for enhancing the organisation's research capacity.

He has successfully completed two collaborative research projects, namely, ‘Transparency in State Budgets’ (2011) and ‘What Ails Utilisation of Funds in Development Schemes’ (2013). He also contributes significantly to training and capacity building programmes on budgets for members of civil society organizations, university students and policymakers.

Nilachala is also serving as the editorial assistant of the tri-continental journal: ‘Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy’. Prior to joining CBGA, he worked in the Centre for Policy Research and Advocacy, CYSD, Bhubaneswar, for a Ministry of Tribal Affairs Project which was implemented by the PG Department of Economics, Berhampur University, Odisha. He has also been a lecturer of Economics in Anchalik Sahayog Degree College, Sundergarh district in Odisha. He has an M. Phil in Economics from Berhampur University (Odisha).

Select Publications:

  • Land Question at the Current Juncture and Some Suggestions for Reform (Co-authored)

    2012

  • National Food Security Bill: Critical Issues on Resources and Functioning of the Public Distribution System in Shaping the Right to Food - A Dialogue on the National Food Security Bill

    2012

  • (Policy Brief) Budget 2009-10 and the Agriculture Sector: Too Many Promises, Too Little Commitments

    2009

  • (Policy Brief) Priorities for Social Sector Spending in Orissa: A Reality Check

    2009

  • Agriculture and Allied Sectors in Five Year Plans of Odisha (Co-authored)

    2008

  • Monograph: Mineral Revenue and Coal Royalty-Where Orissa Stands?

    2007

  • Know Your Budget and Its Process: A Handbook of Budget Terminology and Procedures (Co-authored)

    2007

  • (Conference Publication) Economic Reform and Social Sector Spending: An Analysis of Orissa Budget during 1990-91 to 2003-04 (Co-authored)

    2006

  • Pattern of State Spending in Orissa: A Summary Report Centre for Policy Research and Advocacy

    2006

  • In Search of Solvency: The Public Debt Scenario in Orissa- A Report Centre for Policy Research and Advocacy

    2006

  • Making Sense of the Budget: A Handbook on Budget Terminology Centre for Policy Research and Advocacy

    2005

  • Dynamics of Tribal Exploitation & Growth of Naxalite Movement in Andhra-Orissa-Chhatisgarh Border Region: A Socio-Economic Analysis Report Submitted to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs

    2005

  • (Report) Tracking Benefits of Public Expenditure in Orissa: A Case of Elementary Education Centre for Policy Research and Advocacy

    2005

  • “Implementing Right to Education in Uttarakhand: The Missing Links” in Right to Education in India: Resources, Institutions and Public Policy (eds.)

    2015

  • “Utilisation of Funds under RKVY: Issues and Challenges”, in Flagship Programmes: Impact, Problems and Challenges Ahead

    2015

  • “Public Provisioning towards Food Security in India: Whose Responsibility?”, in Panchayati Raj Institution and Rural Management in India (ed.)

    2015

  • “Social Security in India”, in India Social Development Report 2012: Minorities at the Margins (eds.)

    2013

  • “Centrally Sponsored Schemes: Are They the Solution or the Problem?” (Co- authored), in Progressive Fiscal Policy in India (ed.)

    2011

  • “Development Index of Non-special Category States of India” in Economic Reforms, Human Welfare and Sustainable Development in India

    2007

  • “The Impact of the Central Government’s Fiscal Reforms on Backward States in India: A Study of Orissa” in Globalization And World Economic Policies: Effects and Policy Responses of Nations and Their Groupings; Vol-2 (ed.)

    2005

  • “Upgradation of Administrative Services in India: The Role of Finance Commission” in Fiscal Federalism in India

    2003