Video: Cities and Union Budget 2022-23

The State of Cities – #CityConversations | Panel Discussion on Cities and Union Budget 2022-23


#IMPRI Center for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi invites you to a #WebPolicyTalk series –

The State of Cities – #CityConversations

A Panel Discussion on

Cities and Union Budget 2022-23

Details of the #WebPolicyTalk:

Date: February 4, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m. IST
Platform: Zoom and Facebook Live


Dr Rumi Aijaz
Senior Fellow and Head,
Urban Policy Research Initiative,
Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi

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


Prof Chetan Vaidya
Independent Urban Advisor;
Former Director, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi

Prof Mahalaya Chatterjee
Professor, Centre for Urban Economic Studies,
Department of Economics,
University of Calcutta

Dr Sandeep Thakur
Associate Professor and Head, Centre for Municipal Finance,
National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi

Prof Tathagata Chatterji
Professor of Urban Management and Governance,
Xavier University, Bhubaneswar

Dr Vishwa Nath Alok
Associate Professor of Public Finance,
Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi


Sameer Unhale
Joint Commissioner,
Department of Municipal Administration,
Government of Maharashtra

Aravind Unni
Thematic Lead – Urban Poverty,
Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS), Delhi

Tanaji Chakravorty
Urban Consultant


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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.