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Environment and Fiscal Reforms in India

Environment and Fiscal Reforms in India

First Edition
Edited by:
  • D. K. Srivastava - Chief Policy Advisor, EY India, Honorary Professor, Madras School of Economics
  • K. S. Kavi Kumar - Professor, Madras School of Economics, Chennai

November 2014 | 360 pages | SAGE India

India is, at present, embarking upon a major reform of its indirect tax system. This book highlights the importance of an integrated fiscal regime promoting innovations in efficient resource management, taxing polluting inputs and outputs, and spreading awareness about the problems facing the environment and its inter-dependent systems.

The current structure of taxation in India, the book underlines, is characterized by inadequacies such as cascading, multiple tax rates and inter-state sales tax, fragmenting the all-India market. The ongoing fiscal reforms are aimed at ushering a comprehensive goods and services tax (GST) to address these concerns. The book argues in favour of integrating environmental considerations in the GST regime. It emphasizes the importance of eco-taxes on polluting inputs and outputs—at a higher effective rate—taking both the central and the state taxes into account. 

The book will be indispensable to students and scholars of public economics, public finance, environmental economics, ecological studies as well as policymakers, policy analysts and the informed general reader.

D K Srivastava and K S Kavi Kumar
Context and Overview
D K Srivastava, K S Kavi Kumar and C Bhujanga Rao
Environmental Tax Reforms: International Experience
D K Srivastava
Goods and Services Tax in India: The Current Debate
D K Srivastava and K S Kavi Kumar
Integrating Environmental Considerations in GST Regime
D K Srivastava, Rita Pandey and C Bhujanga Rao
Role of Environmental Subsidies in India
D K Srivastava and K S Kavi Kumar
Conclusion and Prospects

D. K. Srivastava

D.K. Srivastava is Chief Policy Advisor, Ernst and Young, and Honorary Professor Madras School of Economics (MSE). He was earlier member of the Twelfth Finance Commission, and served as Director, MSE. He was also Professor, National Institute for Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). His latest books include Development and Public Finance: Essays in Honour of Raja J. Chelliah (with Professor U. Sankar), published by SAGE India and Federalism and Fiscal Transfers in India (with Dr C. Rangarajan) published by Oxford University Press India. More About Author

K. S. Kavi Kumar

K.S. Kavi Kumar has been coordinating activities of Centre of Excellence in Environmental Economics (supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests) at MSE for the past eight years. He is a member of the Expert Committee on Climate Change, MoEF&CC, GoI, and a member of State Environment Appraisal Committee (Tamil Nadu) and he has been working at MSE since 1999. More About Author

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ISBN: 9789351500414