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1 Asian Development Bank
Energy Infrastructure: Priorities, Constraints, and Strategies in India
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2008; 0195692101 / 9780195692105; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
To sustain India’s growth graph in the medium and long-run requires commensurate increase in the supply of alternative forms of energy—electricity, nuclear, coal, oil, gas, as well as other fuels. Therefore, issues pertaining to energy security will continue to remain critical in India’s journey to attain development, prosperity, and equity. The term energy security essentially implies that (i) energy systems should be geared to meet the demand of households—both urban and rural—and commercial users at all times; (ii) availability of all forms of energy required for the smooth functioning of the economy should be ensured; and (iii) energy should be available at a reasonable price. A related and critical issue is that any future policy has to promote cleaner and more efficient technologies, adequate pollution control mechanisms, and explore cleaner sources of energy, so as to minimize costs to society associated with producing or consuming energy. The volume focuses on policy issues aimed at ensuring continuous availability of different forms of energy at an appropriate price reflecting social costs as opposed to private costs. 024743

Price: 17.50 USD
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2 Asian Development Bank
Irrigation Management Transfer: Strategies and Best Practices
Sage Publications; New Delhi, India; 2008; 8178298171 / 9788178298177; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Over the years, various factors like increased competition for water, fiscal constraints faced by the government in continued subsidies for irrigation management, the demonstrated improvement in water use equity and efficiency when managed by the users, have led to the devolution of irrigation management to users. Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT), that is, the relocation of responsibility and authority for irrigation management from government agencies to the users, such as water users’ associations, has been adopted in more than 25 countries across the world. However, its implementation and adaptation across and within countries has been varied and is at different stages of development. This work, supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), New Delhi, is a synthesis of strategies and best practices adopted by various countries with respect to IMT. It identifies key concerns such as the structure and functions of water users’ associations, financial mobilization and constraints, repair and maintenance of physical structures, operation of canal systems and capacity building and monitoring mechanisms. It also identifies enabling environments, including regulatory mechanisms and the role of non-governmental organizations. The last section of this volume distils critical issues and strategic options and suggests a way forward. It is largely based on secondary sources, although some field-based studies and visits were carried out across various states in India. Printed Pages: 248. 028838

Price: 16.95 USD
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3 Asian Development Bank
Macroeconomic Management and Government Finances
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2009; 0195699475 / 9780195699470; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
India’s growth performance has been impressive in the last five years, averaging close to 9 per cent. However, the vulnerability of the Indian economy to external shocks has raised concerns about sustaining this impressive performance. High inflation has led to monetary tightening and disrupted the process of fiscal consolidation. Financial crises and weakening capital account due to a reversal in portfolio investment have further worsened the prospects of immediate economic recovery. In this environment, issues pertaining to capital flows, volatility of the exchange rate, improved fiscal management for sustaining high growth, and financial sector reforms have gained immense importance. This volume deals with some of these critical areas concerning macroeconomic management in India. Written by the leading experts in this field, it provides a bird’s eye view of the growth experience in recent years. It explores the trends, problems, and prospects of the Indian economy. The essays reiterate that the pursuit of growth should be combined with due attention to stability and an inclusive process of development. 027914

Price: 18.95 USD
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4 Asian Development Bank
Trade Policy, Industrial Peformance, and Private Sector Development in India
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2008; 0195694279 / 9780195694277; First Edition; Hardbound; New; New; 
The services and manufacturing sectors were the key drivers of India’s recent impressive growth performance, with major contribution from growing domestic demand. Consequently, issues pertaining to the role of trade and private sector in sustaining growth momentum and facilitating infrastructure development in India have come to the forefront. This volume deals with critical issues concerning trade policy, industrial performance, and private sector development in India. It discusses the infrastructure bottlenecks that have constrained high growth in manufacturing and in the services sector and highlights that inadequate infrastructure impedes growth of exports and that the public sector alone cannot meet investment requirements. Hence, there is an urgent need to provide an enabling environment to promote the private sector. The volume also addresses urgent issues constraining manufacturing growth and exports. These include the role of small scale sectors in supporting growth and exports and non-tariff barriers in India’s export destinations. Finally, it underlines the ongoing debate to understand the link between trade and income distribution. This is an important issue in India because the Eleventh Five Year Plan emphasizes not just high growth but inclusive growth. 021564

Price: 17.75 USD
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