PUBLIC EXPENDITURE ROUND TABLE (PERT) is an association of like-minded persons of experience and commitment striving to promote a more efficient and effective system of public expenditure and greater fiscal responsibility on the part of the central and state Governments.  It is a voluntary non-political association, registered as a public trust in 1999. It benefits from the advice of a group of eminent persons.

Why PERT?

Some of the areas of concern are:

Personal and corporate income taxes may have to be substantially increased in future to cover costs.
Heavy borrowings by the Government may significantly increase the cost of borrowings and crowd out the resources available to industry.
Declining amounts available for capital investments will affect the physical infrastructure growth, needed to spur the economy.
Declining resources for education and health will affect human capital needed for growth.


All Sections of the economy and business, and industry in particular, have a stake in reversing the present trends for the sake of present and future generations.

Given this background, there is an urgency for creation of public awareness and for opinion formation, which will enable the public as consumers of government services to impress on the Central and State Governments how they would like to see the money spent. There are things that the Government should do, things that it should pay for but not do itself and things it should neither do nor pay for. A factor that is critical for the future of industry and trade is more responsive and responsible fiscal management. All this needs to be studied, debated and addressed in an open, democratic forum, such as PERT.  It brings to the citizen and the tax-payer information about the fiscal System which is vital to his economic wellbeing.

A “LEAN” AND EFFICIENT ORGANISATION

PERT Operates as a ‘lean’ organization and collaborates with other institutions wherever possible, thus enlarging reach and cutting costs. It draws on the reservoir of experience and expertise available in Chennai at little or no cost. It has already developed networks in these respects.  It has also forged links with the student community in Chennai. Its focus is on efficiency, effectiveness and equity with emphasis on operational content.

PERT’s activities aim to generate awareness, stimulate debate, facilitate opinion formation and make practical policy or operational suggestions in the field of public

PERT Operates as a ‘lean’ organization and collaborates with other institutions wherever possible, thus enlarging reach and cutting costs. It draws on the reservoir of experience and expertise available in Chennai at little or no cost. It has already developed networks in these respects.  It has also forged links with the student community in Chennai. Its focus is on efficiency, effectiveness and equity with emphasis on operational content.

PERT’s activities aim to generate awareness, stimulate debate, facilitate opinion formation and make practical policy or operational suggestions in the field of public expenditure.
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