Centrally Sponsored Schemes

Author(s): Satyarupa Shekhar

CDF’s research on Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS), special purpose fiscal transfers from the central government to states and local governments, is organized around three main pillars: CSS process analysis, evaluation of CSS impact, and the potential role of IT in CSS expenditure tracking. In particular we seek to identify opportunities for process re-engineering and e-governance to significantly improve the delivery of public infrastructure and services, particularly in rural areas. The CSS represent one of the major flows of funds toward India’s human development and infrastructure priorities, thus it is important to understand practical and specific ways to improve their performance.


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