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Tax Burden on Farm and Non-Farm Sector

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The book provides an in- depth comparative analysis of the relative tax burdens on the farm and non-farm sectors in India in the 1950s and 1960s.The significant result of the study is that the thesis of under-taxation of the farm sector vis-a-vis the non- farm Sector is found to be exaggerated at least during the first fifteen years of planning is concerned.

The most novel aspect of the study is the detailed income distribution data built to construct a picture of inter-class equity in tax burdens in farm and non-farm sectors.

About the Speakers

Ashok Vishandass

Ashok Vishandass, Professor (Applied Economics) (IIPA) has interest in Sustainable Agriculture, Risk Management, International Trade & Commerce. As ex-Chairman (CACP) in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare at the level of the Secretary to the Govt. of India, he has rich experience of formulation of Agriculture Price and Non-Price Policies, nuances of fixing MSP of various agriculture commodities. Before joining IIPA, he had also served FAO of United Nations Organisation (UNO) as the Chief Technical Adviser. In his stint with the UNO, he provided high-level technical and economic advice relating to Food Security, SDGs, agricultural Marketing and brought out eight Reports.

S.L. Shetty

S.L. Shetty was the founding director of the EPW Research Foundation for 16 years (1993-2009) and is still associated with the institution. Prior to this, he was head of the research department, Reserve Bank of India. He is the author of a seminal booklet, Structural Regression in the Indian Economy Since the Mid-Sixties. He is also the author of Microfinance in India (2012). He has over 75 published articles in the EPW and other publications, ranging from macroeconomics, agricultural economics, fiscal and monetary policies to money market dynamics, development issues and inequality.

R.S. Deshpande

Professor R S Deshpande is Honorary Visiting Professor, Institute for Social and Economic Change. He retired as Professor and Director of Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore He was formerly National Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR). He was the initiator of the proposal and founding Director of Bengaluru Dr B R Ambedkar School of Economics, Bangalore. Earlier. Dr. Deshpande steered the mega study on “Farmer at the Millennium” and completed many research studies. He was the architect of Karnataka’s Agricultural Policy 2006 and Chaired many Policy Bodies in Agricultural Sector of Karnataka State. Dr Deshpande has authored 22 books and more that 120 research papers. Professor Deshpande has shown significant interest in budgetary studies. He was invited as Visiting Professor to the 1. University of Ottawa, Canada; 2. Saskatchewan Institute of Policy Planning, Regina, 3. University of Paris, France, 4. Lund University, Sweden. He worked as a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Land Equity Australia etc. He is recipient of many awards and Gold medals especially PNASF Gold Medal for Agricultural Policy. He chaired Working Groups at the Planning Commission and Mission on Agriculture and Rural Development. He is Fellow of Indian Society of Agricultural Economics and Fellow of Karnataka Science and Technology Academy.

R.S. Ghuman

Ranjit Singh Ghuman is currently Professor of Eminence at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Earlier, he has been Nehru Chair Professor at CRRID, Chandigarh; Professor & HoD Economics and Dean College Development Council at Punjabi University Patiala. He has also been on academic and administrative bodies of various universities and a special invitee member of 6th Finance Commission of Punjab and Chairman, MSP committee of Punjab Government. Development economics, rural and agricultural development, water sector, Indo-Pak trade, drug menace and human rights are some of his special areas of interest. His latest publication is “Dynamics Drug addiction and abuse in India” by Routledge, UK in 2024.