PERT functions on the one hand, as a think tank on basic issues related to public expenditure and fiscal responsibility and on the other as a stimulator of public awareness and debates.  In doing so it also acts as a bridge between policy thinking and the concerns of the public at large. The focus is on the importance of efficiency and effectiveness in public expenditure.

PERT functions as a ‘lean’ organization co-operating with variety of institutions, thus increasing outreach and cutting costs PERT’s record, consisting of over 110 ‘events’ since its inception some 8 years ago can be summarized in the following pages.


Expert discussions on the Fiscal Responsibility, and fiscal responsibility index; fiscal provisions of the Constitution; fiscal stabilization and debt sustainability; FISC2020: India’s Long-term Fiscal Outlook; Eleventh Finance Commission; agenda for the Expenditure Commission of the Union Government; Crisis in States’ Finances; agenda for the Staff and Expenditure Commission of Tamil Nadu; agenda for the State Finance Commission; National Rural Employment Guarantee legislation; MPLAD Scheme; National Urban Renewal Mission; etc.. communication of results to policy-makers;
Publications Volumes on ‘Public Expenditure: A Rising Challenge’ and ‘FISC2020:India’s Long-term Fiscal Outlook’; Occasional Papers on A Fiscal Responsibility Index, Long-term Prospects for the Finances of State Electricity Utilities and Long-term Trends in Fiscal Management of States; a number of newspaper articles; and leaflets for  the public(including in Tamil), (sponsored by companies), on  energy conservation for domestic and rural consumers and panchayat street lighting and another on rainwater harvesting for households; and publications in Tamil on public expenditure, long-term fiscal outlook, and political class and development.
Interaction with the student and teaching community and stimulation of their interest; institution of a rolling Shield for inter-collegiate Competition in Chennai; annual inter-collegiate competitions.
Collaboration with a variety of institutions such as Madras School of Economics, Indian Institute of Technology,  Institution of Engineers, University of Madras, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Institute of Economic Education, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Madras Management Association, State Bank of India Staff Training College, Rajaji Centre for Public Affairs, Institute of Public Enterprises and Public Administration,  Catalyst Trust,  Indian Liberal Group, Dhan Foundation ,Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry,  etc.
Ground level action: Addressing meetings outside of Chennai city; preparation and distribution of pamphlets in Tamil on energy conservation for domestic consumers and panchayats and pamphlets on rain water harvesting; Explaining energy conservation measures in meetings of panchayat presidents convened by Govt. authorities.

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