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

Happy Pant and Amar Chanchal

  • 31 January 2017
  • Firstpost

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
  • DNA

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
  • Firstpost

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...

Demonetisation: More important to address deeper problems in war against black money

Happy Pant

  • 17 November 2016
  • Firstpost

As the post demonetisation scenario plays out, within the first four days, total cash flow to the banks had touched Rs 3 lakh crore. So, if the main rationale behind this drastic step is that large...

Long-term Measure Or A One-time Move Against Black Money?

Happy Pant

  • 10 November 2016
  • Firstpost

The decision to ban the existing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes as legal tender in one stroke is a bold measure taken by the government. While estimating the scale of black economy in the country...

BRICS Goa: Can the summit drive discourse on international taxation and lead black money chase?

Sakshi Rai

  • 14 October 2016

Marking the beginning of new geopolitics in 2006, BRICS has managed to maintain its relevance on global matters. The BRICS coalition represents about 40 percent of the world’s population and 17...

GST law should ensure benefits of lower prices are passed on to common people

Malini Chakravarty

  • 23 August 2016

Many have heralded the introduction of the GST as the single most important reform that has been initiated in the arena of indirect tax system in India. The main objective of GST is to simplify the...

Comprehensive, but not Complete

Manzoor Ali

  • 8 August 2016

For a vast developing country like India with layers of governing institutions, a policy framework on water has been long due. Although, India has a National Water Policy since 1987, the current...

Is India close to passing a law to identify true ownership of corporates

Neeti Biyani

  • 27 July 2016
  • Firstpost

While Pascal Saint-Amans, head of tax at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), has once again emphasised the need for beneficial ownership and corporate transparency,...

Budgetary hurdles and gender equity

Kanika Kaul

  • 16 June 2016
  • DHNS

Omission of women's schemes from 'Core of the Core' category of highest priority schemes is a concern. The draft National Policy for Women brought out by the Union Ministry of Women and Child...