Arthapedia is a portal for facilitating understanding of the Indian Economy and its governance by explaining the concepts used in the economic policy domain in India.
This portal is managed by government economists of India (known as Indian Economic Service (IES) Officers) and is intended to cater to the requirements of their counterparts in other countries as well as to academicians, economists, policy practitioners, financial journalists, students and to any interested citizen, both within the country and abroad.
The objective of this portal is to increase transparency in government by simplifying indigenous concepts or by introducing domestic institutions to support the professional development of public policy economists. It is meant to enrich and enhance citizen friendly policy formulation through dialogue and collaborative action.
The motivation behind this site is Chief Economic Advisor of India-Dr. Kaushik Basu-who on the occasion of fiftieth year of establishment of Indian Economic Service inspired IES officers to create a website for explaining economics related concepts which are of relevance to India.
The forerunner for this website is the internally circulated daily newsletter iES Today which was widely received and appreciated by policy makers of the country.
Members: All serving IES officers are automatically members of this website and are vested with the rights for writing the content.
The Government of India does not monitor the entries and the views expressed therein are not necessarily those of the government. The entries, therefore, must not be treated as official statements of policy or definitions.
Arthapedia was formally launched on 29 August 2011 by the Honourable Finance Minister of India Shri. Pranab Mukherjee in the presence of Dr. D. Subbarao, RBI Governor, Shri. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Dy. Chairman Planning Commission, Dr. Kaushik Basu,Cheif Economic Advisor of India, Shri. Ajit Kumar Seth, Cabinet Secretary, R.S. Gujaral, Finance Secretary, Government of India and Shri. R.Gopalan, Secretary (Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance)on the occasion of the inauguration of Golden Jubilee celebrations of Indian Economic Service.
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