My project discussed Modi government’s failure in maintaining FRBM Act and several other budgeting discrepancies of India’s Finance Ministry. The reports of Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Finance Ministry’s budgeting were not analysed anywhere in public domain yet, so I opted to extensively analyse the data sets which might prove to be an important and revealing addition on current discourse in Indian or international mainstream.
It covered following broads subjects:
1. Lack of transparency in Direct tax receipt figures presented by Modi Government
2. Variation in expenditure on grants for creation of capital assets and in the amount of liabilities
3. Incorrect information of coal levy in arrears
4. Inconsistency in figures of loans to Foreign Governments
5. Non-Submission of disclosure statements as required under the FRBM Act
What makes this project innovative?
What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?
My investigation into Modi Government's budgeting by analysing India's Comptroller General (CAG) data highlighted severe discrepancies. The data analysis supported the mismatch of monetary figures recorded by various agencies, as reported. This was well received by media agencies and political leaders as the report was directly and indirectly cited in mainstream socioeconomic national discourses.