Media Coverage

By no means a ‘socialist’ Budget


  • 1 March 2016

Be it education, health, pensions for the socially vulnerable, distressed farmers, or MGNREGA, the 2016 Union Budget has nothing radical to offer. Appearances can be deceptive. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s emphasis on doubling farm incomes,...

Budget 2016: Will changed Centre-State resource sharing impact fund usage for development schemes


  • 26 February 2016

Most states are left with unspent balances in development schemes of different departments, which in turns impairs achievement of objectives of these schemes. Though, the extent and quality of fund utilization varies across states and across...

Budget 2016: Nirbhaya Fund is a dud; Jaitley should urgently find ways to utilise it


  • 22 February 2016

The high incidence of violence against women and the ensuing public outcry has brought the issue to the forefront of the policy discourse in the last few years, underscoring the need for the government to undertake substantive interventions to...

One in every three rural households living in debt

Business Standard

  • 20 February 2016

The ticket size may be different but more households in rural areas are taking loans than urban areas. The incidence of indebtedness in rural areas stands at 31 per cent, compared with 22 per cent in urban areas, according to the latest data on...

Crisis in the Social Sector


  • 14 February 2016

A crisis situation has emerged in the social sector in several parts of the country due to lack of availability of adequate financial resources. The ‘social sector’ includes women and child development, nutrition, health, education, panchayat...

Pulled to the Centre-A blow against federalism


  • 22 January 2016

The Narendra Modi government's decision to abolish the National Development Council is a further blow against the federal structure of our republic. True, the NDC did not have a constitutional status, and differed in this respect from the...

Budget needs to be aligned towards bolstering long-term rural credit policy

The Economic Times

  • 19 January 2016

While the last decade’s fiscal Budgets were rhetorically pronounced as pro-poor, the Asian Development Bank’s social protection index (SPI) has ranked India 23rd in social protection across Asia-Pacific countries, with its spending at 1.7% of...

Budget 2016-17: Arun Jaitley meets social sector groups, assures favourable treatment

Business Today

  • 15 January 2016

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has hinted that the forthcoming Budget will be social sector centric. In his opening remarks during as pre -budget consultative meeting with the representatives of different social sector groups on Tuesday, he...

FM: Inclusive growth is high on the priorities of the present Govt


  • 13 January 2016

The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the inclusive growth is high on the priorities of the present Government and the Government will take adequate measures to ensure social security for the children, women and senior citizens of the...

Budget 2016: Allocate more funds to healthcare, education; social groups tell FM Arun Jaitley


  • 13 January 2016

Social sector groups have pitched for higher allocation towards healthcare, education and rural employment, a demand which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised to take into account in the 2016-17 Budget. In their pre-Budget meeting, the...