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Municipal Finance in India: Some Critical Issues


  • Simanti Bandyopadhyay

    () (National Institute of Public Finance and Policy)


TWith the help of the available literature, the paper attempts to assess critically the main problems of municipal finances in India and to bring out the challenges that the municipalities face with respect to revenue generation and expenditure management. The main findings suggest that the urban local bodies in India are confronted with lack of proper decentralization of functions and finances, inadequate revenue generation, expenditure shortfalls leading to poor service delivery. It also analyses the suggestions and recommendations that have been offered in the literature to cope with these critical challenges relating to urban finance.

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  • Simanti Bandyopadhyay, 2014. "Municipal Finance in India: Some Critical Issues," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1421, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ays:ispwps:paper1421

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    1. Bandyopadhyay, Simanti & Rao, M. Govinda, 2009. "Fiscal health of selected Indian cities," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4863, The World Bank.
    2. Abhay Pethe & Mala Lalvani, 2005. "A Comparative Study Of Municipal Finances In Maharashtra: Patterns, Problems And Prospects," Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai Working Papers 16, Department of Economics, University of Mumbai, Mumbai.
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