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Infrastructure:  Mr Nitin Desai, Economist

Nitin Desai has had a long and distinguished career in the Government of India and the United Nations. In both fields of work he has contributed to the development of rational policies for infrastructure. In the Planning Commission he played a key role in the establishment of an economic cost-benefit framework that brought greater rationality into technology and design choices in energy, transport and urban development.

In the United Nations his contribution to the elaboration and acceptance of the concept of sustainable development led to the growing acceptance of environmental protection and social inclusion as an essential element in infrastructure planning.

In more recent years his strong advocacy on issues relating to transparency in regulatory regimes and fairness in land acquisition have reinforced this dimension of infrastructure policy. His work has helped to situate infrastructure policy within the broader framework of sustainable and inclusive development.

In more recent years his strong advocacy on issues relating to transparency in regulatory regimes and fairness in land acquisition have reinforced this dimension of infrastructure policy. His work has helped to situate infrastructure policy within the broader framework of sustainable and inclusive development.

Given away in presence of Mr P Chidambaram, Hon’ble Home Minister; Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Hon’ble Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission; and, Dr C Rangarajan, Hon’ble Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister on 27th Day of March 2012 at New Delhi.