Dr. O.P. Bohra

Dr. O.P. Bohra has done his Ph.D. in Economics, Thesis Title: "State Local Fiscal Relations In India", (A Study of Urban Local Bodies in Rajasthan)." Presently working as Deputy Director, Twelfth Finance Commission and Economist, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, 18/2 Satsang Vihar Marg, Special Institutional Area, (Near J.N.U. East Gate), New Delhi 110 067 (India).

Professional Areas of Interest

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Institutions Basic Rural Services (Drinking Water supply, Education, Health, Rural roads etc) Infrastructure Development in Rural and Urban Areas, Municipal (Urban) Finance and Development and Planning Local Taxes - Property Taxation and its Related Issues Urban finance, urban development, Informal Sector and Housing Gender and Decentralisation (Women in Panchayati Raj Institutions) He has published 2 books, 4 Chapters in Edited Books 8 papers published in reputed journals, and 23 papers seminars presented.

Foreign Collaborative Research Programme

Visited Sydney Sussex College, University of Cambridge for 6 weeks (from December 4 th 1997 to January 15 th 1998) under the collaborative research programme on "Restructuring Local Governance in UK and India, a comparative study", with Dr Stuart Corbridge. During the stay I had had very fruitful discussion with Prof. R.J. Bennet, Dr Keeble, Prof. Ajit Bhalla and many others experts in the area, at the university. I had also visited and had discussion with many officials in the office of the Cambridge County Council and Cambridge City Council.

Assignment in Eleventh Finance Commission

Worked in Eleventh Finance Commission The tasks include the assessment of prevailing financial positions of the local governments (Rural and Urban), newly functional responsibilities and the financial powers to the local bodies, the financial requirements for meeting the increased demand of civic amenities to the masses.

Twelfth Finance Commission

Working in Economic Analysis Division- Assisting Economic Adviser in working out Horizontal Distribution across the states.


Rendered Consultancy on various projects to Society for Development Studies, New Delhi. (Financing of Non-Farm Activities in Rajasthan- A NABARD Study). January 1992. Rendered consultancy to DHV consultants as an Economist in the World Bank aided project to Government of Uttar Pradesh on "Multi-village Drinking Water Supply Schemes" in Uttar Pradesh. November 2000 to January 2001. Associated as Retainer in the Project on "State-Finances in Madhya Pradesh", with Feedback Infrastructure, New Delhi. November 2000 to June 2001. Rendered consultancy as an Economist for the DFIDI Project on " Impact and Expenditure Review - Andhra Pradesh in three Sectors - (1) Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, (2) Industries and Commerce and (3) Transport and Building. January to March 2001. Rendered constancy as Research Associate for the UNDP sponsored project on "Urban Governance Decentralisation in India- A Review" May 2003.

Last Assignment completed at NIPFP

Assisting Dr. Ashok Lahiri, Chief Economic Advisor and former Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi and Chairman Manipur State Fiscal Reforms Commission on a project related to State Fiscal Reforms in Manipur.