Subrat Das

Executive Director

Subrat is serving as the Executive Director of CBGA since 2010. Enhancing the research capacity and credibility of the organisation and increasing its policy relevance are his key priorities. Improving the sustainability of CBGA as an independent policy research organisation is also one of his major endeavours.
He has worked extensively on government financing of social sectors, fiscal policy and social inclusion, and some of the structural issues in the federal fiscal architecture in India. A major part of his research in these areas has been towards deepening the public discourse on fiscal policy and budgetary processes in the country from the perspective of underprivileged sections and unpacking these complex issues so as to foster people’s participation on these issues. He has also been involved closely with CBGA’s training and capacity building efforts for civil society actors, university students as well as government officials. He studied Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Currently, Subrat is working towards strengthening CBGA’s collaborations with progressive think tanks, civil society organisations and academicians across the country; he is also consolidating our linkages with global coalitions and networks in the areas of fiscal transparency and financial integrity.

Select Publications:

  • "Recent Changes in India's Fiscal Architecture: Implications for Public Provisioning in Social Sectors" in India Exclusion Report 2016, Yoda Press (New Delhi)


  • "Ensuring Good Governance and Effective Institutions: Can We Afford to Ignore Capacity Issues?" in Southern Perspectives on the Post - 2015 International Development Agenda, edited by Debapriya Bhattacharya and Andrea Ordonez Llanos, Routledge


  • “The Tryst Compromised: India’s Fiscal Policy and Its Children” in India’s Children(eds.)


  • “Exclusion in Planning and Budgetary Processes” in India Exclusion Report 2013-14


  • “Fiscal Strains in the Era of Neoliberal Reforms: A Study of Uttar Pradesh” in Political Process in Uttar Pradesh: Identity, Economic Reforms and Governance (ed.)