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Preliminary Exploration of Agenda-setting

Narayan Lakshman

in Patrons of the Poor

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780198069980
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081288 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069980.003.0002
Preliminary Exploration of Agenda-setting

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This chapter tries to determine the financial pressures being faced by the government. It focuses on the areas that have enjoyed fiscal commitments by successive parties in power. The chapter studies the financial trends present in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, and presents an exploratory analysis of the underlying politics of these trends. It looks at the brief history of the public finances in Tamil Nadu, and identifies the two major policy initiatives using the budgetary allocations as an indicator. The first policy initiative is the Noon Meal Scheme (NMS), one of the most famous pro-poor interventions in India. This intervention shows a rising trend of an increasing number of feeding centres across the country, leading to the increasing number of children who benefit from these feeding centres. The second policy initiative is irrigation, which shows an increase in public expenditure in this sector.

Keywords: financial pressures; fiscal commitments; financial trends; underlying politics of trends; history of public finances; policy initiatives; Noon Meal Scheme; irrigation; budgetary allocations; pro-poor interventions

Chapter.  9964 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Indian Politics

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