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A Distinguished Lecture by Shri N. K. Singh on The 15th Finance Commission and Disaster Risk Management

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National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Ministry of Home Affairs, and #IMPRI Center for Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development (CECCSD), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi invite you to a #WebPolicyTalk

A Distinguished Lecture on

The 15th Finance Commission and Disaster Risk Management

Details of the #WebPolicyTalk:

Date: October 28, 2022
Time: 4:00 p.m. IST
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Shri N. K. Singh
Prominent Indian economist, academician, and policymaker
Chairman, 15th Finance Commission

Mr. N.K. Singh is a prominent Indian economist, academician, and policymaker. He is currently the President of the Institute of Economic Growth and Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission. Prior to this position, he presided as Chairman of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Review Committee (FRBM). He also served as a member of the Upper House of the Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, from 2008 to 2014, during which time he contributed to several prominent Parliamentary Standing Committees including the Public Accounts Committee, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Committee on Human Resource Development.

Mr. Singh had a long and distinguished career as a member of the Indian Administrative Services before his entry into politics and fiscal policy leadership. He served as Expenditure Secretary (1995-1996), Revenue Secretary (1996-1998) and Secretary to the Prime Minister of India (1998-2001), among other senior leadership roles. He was part of the core group of advisors and strategists during India’s economic reforms of 1991 where he was principal interlocutor for negotiations with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Mr. Singh brings a wealth of national and international experience to the table, having interacted closely with multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, IMF, ADB, and OECD. His early work as First Minister, Economic and Commercial, Indian Embassy, Japan (1981–85) and subsequent contributions to the international economic order were recognized by the Emperor of Japan with the award of the “Order of the Rising Sun – Gold and Silver” in 2016. The Japanese order is the second-highest civilian award accorded to people with distinguished achievements in the field of international relations, promotion of Japanese culture, development in welfare or preservation of the environment. He was the only Indian in the list of recipients of 2016 Spring Imperial Decorations.

On the academic front, he is a Member of the Governing Board of the Nalanda University and Chairperson of its Endowments Committee. He is also a Member of the India Advisory Board of the London School of Economics (LSE). Mr. Singh has been a recurring eminent guest lecturer at prestigious academic institutions and Universities like Columbia, Yale, Stanford and the LSE.

Mr Singh is also a published author with several prominent books to his name. “Politics of Change”, an insight into India’s politics and economy, provides incisive insights into the realities of coalition politics and international fault lines. “Not by Reason Alone,” comments on the past and present of the politics of change and “The New Bihar: Rekindling Governance and Development”, is a collection of perceptive essays on the Bihar model of development. His autobiography “Portraits of Power: Half a Century of Being at Ringside” was published in 2020. His latest book “Recalibrate: Changing Paradigms” is a compilation of essays written in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic on a wide range of subjects including fiscal policy, federalism, health, education, geopolitics and climate change to mention a few. He has been a reputed columnist in leading Indian newspapers including the likes of Hindustan Times, Hindustan, The Indian Express, The Hindu, and Mint.


Taj Hassan

Shri Taj Hassan, IPS
Executive Director, NIDM, New Delhi


Prof Anil K Gupta

Prof Anil K Gupta
Head ECDRM, NIDM, New Delhi

tikender singh panwar

Tikender Singh Panwar
Former Deputy Mayor, Shimla; Visiting Senior Fellow, IMPRI

Dr Simi Mehta

Dr Simi Mehta
CEO & Editorial Director, IMPRI


Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay
Associate Professor, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan; Visiting Senior Fellow, IMPRI, New Delhi

Organising Team: Dr Sweta Baidya Das, NIDM; Zubiya Moin and Utkarsh

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  • Arjun Kumar

    Arjun Kumar is the Director of the Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. With training in development economics, he specialises in quantitative and qualitative research methods, econometrics and the use of statistical software to crunch big data. He has been a Visiting Faculty at the Institute for Human Development (IHD) amongst others and has been associated with several think tanks, research institutes, governments, civil society organisations, and private enterprises. He is President of a Jharkhand based NGO (registered in 2010), Manavdhara- a youth social organisation working for humanitarian causes in backward regions and for marginalised communities. He has also taught Economics at the University of Delhi. His research interests are in the economy, development studies, housing and basic amenities, urban and regional research, inclusive and sustainable development, data and evidence-based policy, and, research methods. He has several research publications to his credit and has experience of being involved in research projects of international and national repute. He is also a member and part of various government and non-government formed committees, groups, and advisory boards overseeing the deliberation as subject matter expert and for possessing strong research acumen. He is an avid writer and frequently writes on various dimensions of economic issues, policies, and their impact for several eminent media platforms.

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