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Consumers need to pay more if workers are to be given a fair deal

This article was originally published in National Herald. President Joe Biden’s administration was able to push through a major fiscal package in March worth 1.9 trillion dollars and includes another round of 1400 dollars of stimulus cheques for individual Americans, 350 billion dollars to states and local governments as grants,...

The current national minimum wage of Rs 176 per day must be revised upward

This article was first published in Free Press Journal President Joe Biden’s administration was able to push through a major corona-relief fiscal package this month. It is worth $1.9 trillion and includes another round of $1,400 in stimulus cheques for every American, $350 billion to states and local governments as...

Why banking the unbanked should be a national priority

By Kumar Abhishek Financial services and development are closely related. Apart from the World Bank, coalitions like Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion under G20 and International Network on Financial Education under Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are guiding other countries on their respective financial inclusion strategies. India is...

The number game: Making sense of GDP estimates

This article was first published in Financial Express The second advance estimates of GDP for the current year, along with the third quarter estimates, released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (Mospi) do not come as a surprise. The estimates of 1% GVA and 0.4% growth in GDP...

We should not forget the equity dimension of PSU privatization

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that “the government has no business to remain in business” is the clearest articulation of the reason why India must privatize the hundreds of public-sector enterprises that its Union and state governments run. In doing so, he departs from earlier prime ministers, who preferred incremental...

Does the budget meet India’s Defence requirements?

Until 2019, defence spending made headlines around just two events in a year. The first was when the Union budget was tabled in Parliament, and the second was when the Swedish thinktank, SIPRI, released its formidable comparative military expenditure report. That scenario changed in FY 2020-21. China’s incursions in Ladakh...

Budget’s disinvestment targets are heroic. Modi govt must show unprecedented transparency

More than macroeconomic numbers like fiscal deficits, outlays and revenue targets, we can get a good sense of the Budget by looking at the tax rates. If there are new or higher taxes, or more complicated tax rules, it is usually a bad Budget. If there are lower taxes and...

Looking beyond the Budget numbers to see if government schemes really work

On February 1, the Union Finance Minister will present the annual financial statement — commonly called the Union Budget — to the Parliament. Soon after that, TV discussions and newspaper columns will be flooded with conversations on new schemes announced and monies allocated — why didn’t the government reduce subsidies...

Why the Rupee Overvaluation must be kept in check

Inflation is nothing but erosion of the purchasing power of the money in your pocket. If in one year the price of vegetables, milk or petrol goes up by 10 per cent, it is as if the Rs 100 in your pocket has gone down to Rs 90. Read the...

Weaning away foreign investment from China

Over the past few years, there has been much discussion about India attracting firms that might be seeking to exit China. Initially, these conversations were driven by changes in the Chinese economy, such as rising labour costs, shifting focus towards new technologies and declining productivity. There was a sense that...
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