Emerald Insight. July 2020
"A key area of concern is that despite progressive legislation on paid maternity leave, the issue of financing these benefits still remains a challenge. For instance, in March 2017, the Parliament of India passed amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act, thereby granting women working in the formal sector a paid maternity leave of 26 weeks (182 days), an increase from the previous duration of 12 weeks (84 days). It should be noted, however, that as the employer is liable to pay these benefits, some critics argue that the policy could act as a disincentive to hire women. In addition, the disparity between the cost of hiring women compared to men may also lead employers to reduce women’s salaries to compensate for paying higher maternity leave benefits (Nikore, 2017)."
Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Journal (UNESCAP), Vol. 27, No 1
"In addition, the disparity between the cost of hiring women compared to men may also lead employers to reduce women’s salaries to compensate for paying higher maternity leave benefits”
Citizens for Public Leadership. May 2020
"Having a gendered approach will actually help the government target beneficiaries more efficiently and design holistic schemes.”
UN Girls' Education Initiative. May 2020
"Nearly 89% of children in India are out of school, with girls worst affected."
Twitter. May 2020
"Families take pride when female members withdraw from work, demonstrating that male members can provide a comfortable life for the family. This continued perception of women being secondary earners has also translated into sticky wage differentials such that the female wage has remained about 60-65% of the male wage (on average) over the last three decades (1993-2018)."
Forbes India. April 2020
“Having a gendered approach will actually help the government target beneficiaries more efficiently and design holistic schemes”
Feminism in India. February 2020
"[According to economist Mitali Nikore, the expenditure is] highly skewed towards just one pillar of the scheme (publicity)”
How Can Union Budget 2020 Be Made Gender Sensitive?, Divya J Shekhar
Forbes India. January 2020
“The MSME department, for example, runs about 300 government schemes. Why doesn’t any of it have a gender lens? Textile and food processing industries employ maximum women workers, then why aren’t allocations done keeping that in mind? The gender budget needs to focus on specific industries and departments.”
How Pregnant Indian Women are Expected to Live with the Terrible Pain of SPD, Piyasree Dasgupta
Huffpost. December 2019
“If you can’t make money out of pain, there will be no research on it”
The World Bank. November 2019
Acknowledged for Research Assistance.
The World Development Report 2020 is about forging a development path in a world increasingly dominated by global value chains (GVCs).
The India Forum. October 2019
The article calls for a rural-led growth strategy for economic revival in the absence of structural reforms for transformative growth. Growth may be slower but it will be sustained. Supply-side measures like corporate cuts will not help.
KW Publishers. October 2019
Acknowledged for reviews and comments.
This book reviews the past and provides new strategies to help BIMSTEC achieve a new paradigm of integration. It primarily deals with the regional cooperation and integration issues, and assesses policy priorities, effectiveness, implementation imperatives and challenges.
shethepeople. September 2019
“One must not be scared of making mistakes. We should ask a lot of questions to ourselves. Once we have answers, we can get results”
News 18. June 2019
"The jobs that men did earlier may be passed to women because it will be free for them to travel. That, in itself, is the first step towards empowerment"
Bloomberg Quint. January 2019
"Only a small proportion of the funds, about 5 percent each, is allocated for education and health interventions"
Motherhood is Kicking Indian Women Out Of Work, Namita Bhandare
Foreign Policy. July 2018
“The law should entitle parents to shared leave, which can be split between a couple in the way they choose”
Times of India. June 2018
"For some of the companies, cost implications are now turning out to be greater than the intention of pursuing an inclusive public policy."
University of Helsinki. October 2017
“In essence, women require the consent of male relatives to access formal financial channels, whereas cash offers them a certain amount of independence.”
India Becomes a Leader in Maternity Leave At Its Own Expense, Nyshka Chandran
CNBC. April 2017
“The cost of hiring the male candidate would largely be restricted to salary and other statutory benefits but for women, the incremental cost would include 26 weeks of paid maternity leave, cost of creating creches, as well as the cost of an employee to fill in during the female employee’s absence.”
The World Bank. June 2015
Acknowledged for Reviewing.
The study includes an analysis of inequality patterns in terms of labor force participation as well as a review of policy responses, and areas for possible further policy action. In particular, the report looks at the two main dimensions of inequality that characterize Macedonia’s labor market: gender and ethnicity.