According to the study, the Centre is under-calculating the compensation it owes to the workers for the delay in wage payment.
The federal finance ministry in August renewed the National Health Mission with $20 billion of funding between 2017-20, against the health ministry’s estimated requirement of $25 billion.
Karan Thapar interviews Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, about demonetisation, GST and the overall state of the Indian economy.
Breaking down the details of the defence contract and key political debates around it.
Arfa Khanum Sherwani talks about the ‘Mahapadav’ gathering led by workers and trade unions across India who gathered in Delhi last week to protest against the BJP government’s economic policies.
While government is of the view that the nature of the tax reform required it to be a shock, implementing it in a phased manner could have helped avoid much of the disruptions being experienced.
The Left alone can provide a way out of the socio-economic and political dead end India is in now since it can provide an agenda transcending neoliberal capitalism.
The chief minister also said that “distorting history” is akin to sedition and that “Pakistan” is used as an abuse in Europe, as is “Paki”.
One year later, the stated objectives of Modi’s shuddhi yagna stand unmet, while India’s poor and most vulnerable continue to bleed. “Demonetisation is not the end but the beginning of a ‘long, deep and constant’ battle against black money and corruption and will benefit the poor and the common […]
Demonetisation crippled an economy that ran on cash; it destroyed the livelihoods of millions of farmers, workers, traders, women and the elderly; and it violated the dignity and liberty of law-abiding citizens.
While the negative impact of demonetisation can still be felt, the gains have been minor and could have been achieved even without the disruptive move.
As International Court of Justice Election Nears, India Pushes Campaign to Re-Elect Dalveer Bhandari
Lobbying for Bhandari’s re-election is taking place at the highest levels, including by the prime minister himself.
For most of the past ten years, the economy has been suffering because of the unrelenting regime of very high real rates of interest that the RBI has imposed.
A recent article claimed that the Narendra Modi government has significantly improved on the implementation of various schemes. But the numbers quoted need to be questioned.
Kamal Mitra Chenoy referred to the Gujarat “genocide” and called the BJP “anti-Muslim” in his comments on Al Jazeera.
It seems as though the Centre does not know how to tackle the economic slowdown and lack of jobs in the country.
While the Congress and BJP are in a verbal spat over the election commission’s decision to not announce the Gujarat election dates, former chief election commissioners are mostly refusing to get drawn into the debate.
By announcing the dates of the Himachal Pradesh elections but failing to do so for Gujarat, the EC has ensured that the Model Code of Conduct does not kick in yet in Modi’s state.
“These reports are being generated and sustained only because Islamophobia is so rampant in Kerala, across parties.”
BJP Reaction to The Wire Story on Jay Amit Shah Shows Loss of Moral High Ground, Says Yashwant Sinha
The BJP leader also described the defamation cases Jay Amit Shah is filing against The Wire as an attempt to “suppress the voice of the media.”
Only 6% of banks have given loans to Dalits or Adivasis, and less than 25% to a woman.
Though the need for serious police reform has been raised again and again, there seems to be no political will to do anything about it.
“We will be logistically ready to hold simultaneous polls by September 2018 but it is up to the government to take a decision and make necessary legal amendments for it.’’
The Delhi chief minister made this statement before the assembly passed the Guest Teachers’ Regularisation Bill, which has been objected to by the lieutenant governor.
State BJP leaders have expressed their disappointment with Tathagata Roy for being proactive only on social media.
“Policies that ought to be implemented, and ought to implemented well, like GST, are being completely fumbled,” Shourie also said in an interview to NDTV.
While Narendra Modi has frozen out the free press and not held a single press conference during his time as prime minister, journalists seen to be on his side have been adequately rewarded.
While remaining focused on initiatives to improve ease of doing business and interventions such as demonetisation, the government has lagged behind in building physical and social infrastructure.
In an attempt to make the city ‘open defecation free’, families who had paid for toilets and were midway through construction allege that their houses were destroyed before surveyors came around.
In addition to “launching” a scheme that basically already existed, the prime minister’s claim that his government has a good record on rural electrification contradicts the data.
Middle-class youth who supported Modi and gave him legitimacy are now seriously doubting his economic policies. That doubt will soon turn into rage.
The rise of even a few universities to among the world’s best will help India augment both its soft and hard power.
Many BJP leaders are attacking the finance minister every day, but there is a convenient silence around the prime minister’s role in the economic decisions that brought us here.
With the government planning a fiscal push, it is likely that the central bank will be concerned with price stability and not rate cuts in its October policy meeting.
Free electricity connections for the poor have been part of the Centre’s electrification programme since the UPA regime, though the prime minister has tried to sell it as new.
What India is witnessing today is not about cow protection, but a devious convergence of the interests of the state, religion and big business.
“I think my discussion of yoga is threatening to the RSS-linked administration,” Patricia Sauthoff has said in an interview.
The external affairs ministry recognises that those fleeing Myanmar’s Rakhine state are refugees but the home ministry believes they no longer deserve that designation once they are in India.
Of the 30.67 lakh candidates who had been trained or were undergoing training across the country in June 2017, only 2.9 lakh received placement offers.
The Hindu refugees say they are scared of going back to their villages in Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s restive Rakhine State, but also wary of staying in mostly Muslim Bangladesh.