While a temporary deviation in the 3% fiscal deficit target looks reasonable, especially when considering rural distress and GST-fuelled disruption, it would not be wise.
The proposed Market Assurance Scheme should not leave states to fend for themselves when it comes to price support for farmers, especially as the agrarian crisis is one that is caused mainly by central policies.
What industry captains are looking forward to is how the government prioritises its expenditure and if it will follow up on its long-pending promise to rationalise corporate tax rates.
The last year saw large-scale farmers’ protests as remunerative prices fell and the implementation of loan waivers was questionable.
Punjab exceeds most states in metrics on mechanisation, chemical input and capital investment. What then explains the failure of its green fields?
Sugarcane used to be something of an ‘insurance’ crop in the region, bound to bring returns. But not anymore.
The cultivation of safflower for its oil is declining because farmers are not finding a ready market and are discouraged by low prices.
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
Despite farmers citing demonetisation as one of the chief causes for their distress and protests, the government is still projecting it as an excellent move.
While suicides and shock deaths have seen a sudden spike in Tamil Nadu’s Cauvery delta region, the government does not believe the drought is the cause and is continuing to direct water away from rural areas.
As the agrarian distress mounts in Punjab, political parties have failed to address the issue in their campaigns even as they trade blame.
As the drought continues and temperatures soar, this map shows how different parts of the country are affected.