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Is the Union budget still relevant?

Happy Pant

  • 16 February 2017
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Concerns are being expressed over important economic decisions being taken outside the process of budget formulation. The Union Budget, also referred to as the annual financial statement, is a...

Budgeting for quality education

Protiva Kundu

  • 11 February 2017
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A long-term policy on teachers’ appointment and teacher’s training, backed by increased spending, is needed. The Union Budget 2017-18 has not shown imagination in planning for many sectors,...

Women’s safety: More rhetoric than reality

Kanika Kaul

  • 11 February 2017
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Without adequate central funding for the schemes for women’s safety in the Budget, implementation will suffer. The need to address the high levels of crime against women in different parts of...

Union Budget 2017: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan gets good funds but what about water?

Trisha Agarwala

  • 6 February 2017
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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA), one of the flagship programme’s of the government, has heralded a change in the sphere of sanitation programmes in the country. Though India has made strides in...

Budget 2017: Here are a few black money steps Arun Jaitley did not spell out on Wednesday

Neeti Biyani

  • 3 February 2017
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The Union Budget 2017-18 tabled in Parliament yesterday was one of many firsts. The Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley began his speech on taxation by acknowledging that the country’s tax-GDP ratio, as...

Why Union Budget 2017 proposals fall short of Modi govt’s commitment towards farmers

Nilachala Acharya

  • 2 February 2017
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Hardly anybody would quibble over the fact that rural India has been severely impacted with the sluggish agricultural activities and other means of livelihood in the post-demonetization phase. Some...

Merging plan and non-plan

Happy Pant

  • 1 February 2017
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The Plan and Non-Plan expenditure heads created distrotions in developmental funding which seek resolution. With the government moving away from the system of five-year plans from the next...

How can this Budget give a fillip to states' spending on social sectors?

Happy Pant and Amar Chanchal

  • 31 January 2017
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The Union Budget assumes greater significance this year as it is all set to announce several structural shifts. The new system of budgeting will usher in a slew of changes like moving the...

Advancing the Union Budget will help expedite fund flow from central ministries to states

Nilachala Acharya

  • 31 January 2017
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This will help expedite fund flow from central ministries to the states and improve fund utilisation. The Constitution of India does not mention any specific date or day for presentation of the...

Black money hunt: India-Switzerland pact to share details of tax cheats is weak; it's no game-changer

Suraj Jaiswal

  • 26 December 2016
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On November 22nd 2016, the NDA government signed an agreement with Switzerland for exchange of financial information, which will provide India details of the financial assets held by its citizens in...