Some from within the government have also slammed the taxation changes.
“But, a no-confidence motion should be the last resort. We will continue our fight for justice to Andhra Pradesh. If that doesn’t happen, we will muster support from other parties and move the no-trust motion,” the Andhra Pradesh chief minister said.
The government’s strategy regarding labour welfare in general and jobs in particular quite clearly projects that temporary jobs and current higher income are good enough.
With ‘Make in India’ struggling to make headway, the Modi government has fallen back on hiking import duty in the latest Budget. Will India’s trading partners retaliate?
The allocations for various environment protection schemes have either remained stagnant or declined from previous years in Budget 2018.
In the gender Budget, the Modi government has not done much more than pay lip service to policies that impact women.
The unseemly haste with which the finance minister has replaced ‘permanent establishment’ with ‘significant economic presence’ will open up the floodgates for international tax disputes.
The Swaminathan Commission was clear in its recommendations, and the rationale offered by the NITI Aayog to rule out the use of comprehensive cost is dubious at best.
The need of the hour is to set up a farmer pay commission, which can fix a minimum assured income of a farmer household.
Instead of doing away with the Swachh Bharat cess, the Centre should have made sure that the money made its way to the municipalities.
The new health insurance proposal opens the government’s purse strings to private interests.
The RBI stated that the “inflation outlook is clouded by several uncertainties on the upside” and “fiscal slippage as indicated in the Budget could impinge on the inflation outlook”.
Several states have wider and more inclusive insurance schemes, and the government’s ‘world’s largest healthcare programme’ will likely cause unnecessary disruptions.
In his Budget speech, Arun Jaitley said that cryptocurrencies are not legal tender. Apart from the finance minister’s statement, the government has given several mixed signals on its outlook toward cryptocurrency, which has confused investors, in part leading to a drop in the market value of Bitcoin.
It may not really benefit everyone that the insurance takeover of healthcare financing is gripping India.
It is high time disability is seen as a mainstream issue in politics. The media too has a responsibility to ensure that people with disabilities are not merely seen as ‘objects of charity’.
While budgetary allocation has been hiked in the last two years, it’s still not nearly enough for the government to meet its 2019 goal.
The Budget speech pitch of ‘Swastha Bharat’ as ‘Samridha Bharat’ is deception, because the allocation for realising that is missing.
The government will need to take strides over the next few months to pass the auxiliary reforms necessary to actualise its renewed vision for a truly digital India
There is no dearth of ideas on the ways in which the defence ministry’s capital account can be fully utilised – only a lack of will.
Data from the ministry of minority affairs show that Muslims constitute 72% of the total minority population, but only account for 45% in terms of total credit flow.
Urmilesh discusses Arun Jaitley’s announcement on a new health protection scheme with Dipa Sinha, who teaches at Ambedkar University Delhi, and Hridayesh Joshi, a senior journalist at NDTV.
All stakeholders must ensure that the public debate on healthcare, spurred by this year’s Union Budget, stays alive and the government’s feet are continuously held to fire.
While the current health schemes are flailing, the new one doesn’t inspire much confidence either.
The Budget has been a far too secretive and hidden exercise. Social sector expenditure and allocations related to policy announcements should be matters of open ongoing debate.
Ayushman Bharat Health Insurance is old wine in a new bottle as over half the target beneficiaries proposed to be covered already stand covered under existing schemes.
Slow modernisation of the armed forces is being justified by the Make-in-India project. However, even on the indigenisation front, we aren’t seeing much progress.
The proposed amendment to the already repealed FCRA 1976, tucked away in the last page of the Finance Bill, is akin to trying to conduct a heart or liver transplant on a person who has been dead for seven years.
The Centre’s special skill in repackaging and re-advertising proposals is now quite apparent.
Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech was vague on the details, and closer inspection reveals that it was also misleading.
Why has India chosen the path of expanding medical insurance instead of a more comprehensive approach to health?
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NITI Aayog Comes to the Rescue As Health Ministry Clueless on ‘World’s Largest Healthcare Programme’
How much will this scheme cost? What is the timeline for its roll out? Will private sector influence cause exploitation? Only NITI Aayog has the answers.
While there are fewer exaggerated claims this time around on how demonetisation boosted India’s tax net, the cherry picking of data and selective analysis continue.
While the finance minister’s announcement sounds good in theory, the mathematics involved in the realisation of the National Health Protection Scheme makes it look surreal.
According to Pilot, a “lot of people who had been swayed by the BJP’s propaganda have now returned to the Congress”.
Vinod Dua discusses allocation to agriculture in the Union Budget 2018 and VIP culture in India.
Even the vaguely “pink” effort in the Economic Survey is whitewashed in the finance minister’s Budget speech that is heavily based on stereotypical gender roles for women, and even that completely disappears when we get to the actual budget allocations.