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Rationalise subsidies and explore their alternatives

Rationalise subsidies and explore their alternatives

In the interim pay the food and fertiliser beneficiaries through DBT. Doing away with subsidies and instead extending income support...

Subsidies for whom

Subsidies for whom?

Despite several inadequacies, it appears that status quo will prevail for quite a while. An interesting revelation in the just...

Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman at the Halwa ceremony

Will Budget revive jobs, incomes at the bottom of the pyramid?

At under 15% of GDP, the Union Budget by itself, even after taking into account smaller state budgets, can tackle...

Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman at the Halwa ceremony

How to make the most of a resource constrained budget

Given the state of the economy and the limited room for further taxation, the government will do well to concentrate...

Nirmala Sitharaman addressing the Roundtable on ‘Mobilising Domestic Capital for Startups’

Nirmala Sitharaman has unenviable task at hand

Reckoning with the constraints in Union Budget 2021-22. In balancing the numerous contending demands for financial and other state support...

Refrigerators are being installed at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital for the storage of Covid-19 vaccine in New Delhi on Wednesday. ANI

Vaccinating Bharat: The nuts and bolts of an effective rollout

The fortnight-long US experience rolling out the vaccine has already shown that global availability will be a critical issue to...

Health workers wearing PPE kit collects swab sample for the Covid-19 test

Vaccinating Bharat: A public health challenge of epic proportions

The first task at hand, and already underway, is identifying the vaccine most appropriate, available and affordable for India.  ...

Nuances of becoming Atmanirbhar Bharat

There should be a concrete draft of intentions that invites informed comments. No one can argue against the proposition that...

Let’s assess the feasibility of an Atmanirbhar Bharat

If the emphasis is going to be on reverting back to the Nehruvian-Indira Gandhi era of high import duties and...

Members of Left Labor Unions protest against the three Labour code passed recently by the central government

Creating a safety net is a prerequisite to labour flexibility

Greater labour flexibility also demands the strengthening of social security to workers; both in terms of its applicability and in...

Labourers protest against passing anti-Labour Laws

The new labour codes: For whose benefit?

Most employers have broadly welcomed these codes, hoping that they would make production more competitive. Conversely, most workers, unions and...

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Use new agri-laws to help double farmers’ incomes

At the end of the day, the Indian farmer must be enabled through regulatory and other policy support, to get...

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Time to allay farmers’ fears on new agri-market laws

For decades now, most political parties had been vocal about ending the monopoly of APMCs in buying farmers’ produce. Now...

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Revenues and responsibilities of states must move in tandem

The time has come for revisiting the entire gamut of issues concerning the Centre-State financial relationship.   Several recent developments...

States must be given more responsibilities

States must be given more responsibilities

Our Constitution is more unitary than federal.   History was written on 26 January 1950 when India was declared a...

Students leave an examination centre

Making secondary school and higher education more autonomous

We need to remain cognizant that no countrywide silver bullet to our higher education problems exists given the great diversity...

New Delhi:Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia interacts with students during his visit to the Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Delhi’s West Vinod Nagar area to witness a happiness class, on Feb 22, 2020. The happiness class is conducted in all the Delhi Government schools. A 45-minute happiness class aims at teaching children to be emotionally strong, boosting their confidence and increasing their happiness. (Photo: IANS)

Getting primary education right

With NEP20 suggesting five years of formalised foundational education for all the 73 mn children, plus 10 years of regular...

Pushing the pedal on universal health care in India

Pushing the pedal on universal health care in India

A rare silver lining of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is the attention it has forced to addressing the public health...

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Universal health care: A chimera or a reality?

Perhaps most worrisome is India’s gross inability to spend more on health, the starting point for any change.   Policymakers...

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Policy changes and actions needed for employment-creation

While the role of private enterprise will be paramount, the State must act unhesitatingly as an active enabler for the...

Recognise employment as essential for development

Recognise employment as essential for development

We need to reframe ‘development’ away from aggregate measures of growth towards a sharper, more telling focus on the advancement...

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Needed, surgical strike against Chinese economy

While the Chinese economy may be four and a half times India’s, it is still a developing nation, and similar...

Amritsar: Migrant workers from Chhattisgarh queue up outside the Amritsar Railway Station as they arrive to board Shramik Special trains to return to their home state, during the fifth phase of the nationwide lockdown imposed to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, on June 2, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

Public policy must be more people-centric

The overarching design of policies must start with the bottom of the pyramid.   New Delhi: For far too long,...