The Finance Commission met with eminent economists in Mumbai on 8th May 2019, during its two-day visit to the city. Some economists urged the Finance Commission to consider reinstating the system of specific-purpose grants to ensure the development of social sectors and other sectors that require handholding. Finance Commission may also consider the need for achieving comparable service delivery standards across the country as its guiding principle.
A suggestion was raised for Finance Commission to consider giving priority to the development of a very robust statistical system in the country in its recommendations.
Economists present at the meeting were: Dr Rupa Rege Nitsure, Shri Saugata Bhattacharya, Ms Prachi Mishra, Dr SamiranChakraborty, Ms Pranjul Bhandari, Ms Ashu Suyash, Shri Anjan Deb Bose, Shri Naresh Takkar, Shri Soumya Kanti Ghosh, Shri Ajit Ranade, Prof. Ashima Goyal and Dr S. L. Shetty.