Media Coverage

#Budget2018: Does Dalit-Adivasi allocation add up to Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas?


  • 17 February 2018

The slogan Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas didn’t just win the current government the 2014 elections, it also inspired many Budget trackers to look closely at the allocations for the most marginalised identity groups, i.e. the Scheduled Caste and...

Why Poor Funding of Swachh Bharat Mission Since 2014 Has Put its Goals at Risk

The Wire

  • 6 February 2018

The Swachh Bharat Mission is one of the Indian government’s most well-known programmes. Announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first independence day speech in August 2014, and launched on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on October...

What budget has for farm and rural sectors

India water portal

  • 6 February 2018

This year’s budget was expected to be extensively farmer- and rural-sector oriented. And that is exactly what it turned out to be. The distress in the agrarian sector has intensified and its political implications were rife this year considering...

Increase in Education Cess Shifts Responsibility on Tax Payer: Experts

  • 1 February 2018

The central government increased ‘health and education cess’ by one percent to fund health and education sector schemes in the Union Budget 2018-19. This increase will enable the government to collect an estimated additional amount of Rs...

National Health Protection Scheme: Is 'Modicare' an Old Wine in a New Bottle?

  • 1 February 2018

Already dubbed as Modicare, the National Health Protection Scheme announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during his Union Budget 2018 speech has only one new factor – monetary increase from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh per family. Jaitley had first...

Open Budget Survey: Global Budget transparency stalls, India shows moderate growth

Delhi Post

  • 1 February 2018

Since the time it gained power in 2014, the BJP has always wooed for a transparent government system for its citizens to trust and actively engage in public discourse. Prime Minister Modi himself has been highlighting the need for more transparency...

India scores better than global average on budget transparency

The Times of India

  • 1 February 2018

India scored slightly better than the global average when it comes to budget transparency, according to results of the Open Budget Survey (2017) released on January 30. With a rank of 53 among 115 countries covered by the survey, India's score...

Press Release: India half-way through in promoting budget transparency - reports a Global Survey

  • 30 January 2018

Press Release India half-way through in promoting budget transparency - reports a Global Survey New Delhi, 30 January 2018:  The idea of ‘good governance’ has gained a lot of momentum in the recent years and ‘Budget Transparency’ has...

No Funds, No Policy, Few Teachers: Former NCERT Director Says Budget Should Increase for Education

  • 30 January 2018

Higher Education Kumar is of the opinion that this year’s Budget should be focused on institutional recovery. He hopes that the Budget will reverse the trend - which has been building up over the last few years - of reduction in public spending...

Budget 2018: Balanced focus on rural, urban health needs will be crucial

Down To Earth

  • 25 January 2018

The Budget 2017-18 had increased outlay for health sector, but also given push for privatisation of health services. The first development brought little relief for those who want robust public health system but the second trend is worrying. In...