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    Talking Point

    A missed opportunity, obscured by a ‘bouquet’

    The FM should have picked 3-4 programmes that could have generated additional income for the rural poor.

    Not much to move consumer, biz confidence

    The mood could change once the fine print is read and numbers are crunched as even lacklustre budgets sometimes hold surprise...

    Building block Budget that tells us to get real

    Aided by a lower base and indicators suggesting that the worst is over (detailed in the Survey), the lower end of that band i...

    India needs a macro policy desperately

    Sitharaman has clearly given much thought to agriculture. It is reflected in the 16 measures she proposes. But her thought is...

    Moves enough for pvt investment to pick up?

    Overall, the budget is well-intentioned, even though it does not use the word ‘slowdown’ even once.

    Few winners in FM's marathon speech

    Yesterday's budget had no big fiscal stimulus, several protectionist duties, and few steps to revive economy.

    Little elbow room, but call-out to business

    The support for ‘wealth creators’ will be a great boost to business confidence and entrepreneurship.

    Increasing the run rate with very few overs to go

    Improvement in consumer and business sentiment may see an upside for growth in the coming quarters.

    Budget opts for the longer route

    Those looking for the budget to revive growth will be disappointed, although in reality there are no shortcuts.

    Yet another chapter of 'incremental India' story

    Given GoI’s desperate need for funds, the FM has decided to tap public financial institutions by selling a bit of their equit...

    It's a test match innings to consolidate economy

    It's a test match innings to consolidate economy

    FM has opted for a pragmatic approach that aims to weed out inefficiencies in the Indian economy when crafting the budget for...

    Union Budget enhances India’s soft power

    Union Budget enhances India’s soft power

    Budgetary announcements provide a thrust to the rural economy and also focus on measures to transform India

    Budget to boost income, purchasing power

    Budget to boost income, purchasing power

    Focus on agri sector and strengthening infra, scale and speed may help start a virtuous cycle of investment, inclusive growth...

    A sweeping overhaul to direct taxation regime

    A sweeping overhaul to direct taxation regime

    Changes will impact taxation of individuals and companies, and change the ambit of taxation of non-residents.

    Simpler & lower tax: Will it discourage savings?

    Simpler & lower tax: Will it discourage savings?

    The key issue that I’m personally concerned about is whether this new optional tax regime is a disincentive for savings.

    Making sure investors feel safe putting resources here

    Making sure investors feel safe putting resources here

    Boosting investor sentiment is something the government has been focusing on.

    Corp tax cut needs follow-up beyond budget

    Corp tax cut needs follow-up beyond budget

    This year's budget was primarily focused towards rationalising the tax burden of middle income taxpayers.

    Boosting growth within fiscal consolidation framework

    Boosting growth within fiscal consolidation framework

    Total budgetary provision for the rural sector is poised to grow by 13.4% in FY21 after a significant jump of 34.8% in FY20. ...

    Business goes on as usual despite severe fiscal situation

    Business goes on as usual despite severe fiscal situation

    The disinvestment target of Rs 2.1 lakh crore is excessively ambitious.

    A big bet on entrepreneurship

    A big bet on entrepreneurship

    The budget has addressed some aspects with the five-year tax holiday for Esops but has left room for more.

    Budget 2020 will take India to a higher growth cycle

    Budget 2020 will take India to a higher growth cycle

    The budget is in line with the current aspirations and requirements of the citizens of India.

    High on rhetoric, with no hope for economic revival

    High on rhetoric, with no hope for economic revival

    With a crashing GDP, declining consumption and decreasing investments, the nation was expecting a visionary and futuristic bu...

    5 things about India you didn't know before

    5 things about India you didn't know before

    The Survey highlighted that there are quite a few signals that the Indian economy may have bottomed out.

    A Chinese formula that could get India jobs

    A Chinese formula that could get India jobs

    This can be done by integrating “assemble in India for the world” into Make in India.

    The key that may unlock fiscal room for FM

    The key that may unlock fiscal room for FM

    Cutting the food subsidy can help provide more fiscal room, according to the Economic Survey.

    Buying a pistol is easier than opening eatery

    Buying a pistol is easier than opening eatery

    36 approvals are required to open a restaurant in Bengaluru, Delhi requires 26, and Mumbai 22.

    Survey revives an old tale about Microsoft

    Survey revives an old tale about Microsoft

    Microsoft has come a long way since then and even became the world’s most valued company. The Survey does not hold out a happ...

    'Thalinomics' suggests food is affordable in India

    'Thalinomics' suggests food is affordable in India

    Eco Survey finds that cost of vegetarian thali reduced significantly since 2015-16 though the price rose in 2019.

    The clincher in this year's Economic Survey

    The clincher in this year's Economic Survey

    Key would be recovery in global growth but many suggested reforms may not be politically acceptable.

    The CEA tries to fight an outdated bogeyman

    The CEA tries to fight an outdated bogeyman

    The survey is not much of a policy guide beyond first-principles free-marketism.

    How to fix the unease in ease of doing biz

    How to fix the unease in ease of doing biz

    India has jumped from 142 in 2014 to 63 in 2019 on the index but further improvement needs a targeted approach.

    ​Economic Survey has a clear message for FM

    ​Economic Survey has a clear message for FM

    Growth in the current fiscal year would come in at 5 per cent, as per Economic Survey.

    Eco Survey: PSBs need a techtonic shift

    Eco Survey: PSBs need a techtonic shift

    Data sciences, ML and AI could help the banks, which have more than 70% market share, to make a difference to the economy.

    Controls distort agricultural markets

    Controls distort agricultural markets

    State intervention in agricultural markets is counterproductive. Govt has emerged as the single largest procurer and hoarder ...

    Public sector bank network, a good idea

    Public sector bank network, a good idea

    It is vital for India to swiftly enact the law on data protection, given the kind of data sharing that has been envisaged in ...

    Eco Survey highlights: The good, bad, and the ugly

    Eco Survey highlights: The good, bad, and the ugly

    ​​This year's survey comes at a time when the government is trying to revive the economy that is facing its worst slowdown in...

    Why debt waivers are bad, bad idea

    Why debt waivers are bad, bad idea

    The Survey says that debt waiver schemes disrupt credit culture and disrupt formal credit flow to the very farmers it aims to...

    The best places to set up your business in India

    The best places to set up your business in India

    The overall Entrepreneurial activity is highest in Delhi, Mizoram, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, and Hary...

    IBC reduces resolution time to 340 days: Survey

    IBC reduces resolution time to 340 days: Survey

    The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), which came into force in 2016, provides for market-linked and time-bound resolution...

    Economic Survey cautions against cronyism

    Economic Survey cautions against cronyism

    "When opportunities for crony rent-seeking exist, firms shift their focus away from growth through competition and innovation...

    Licence raj still, focus on 'ease of doing business'

    Licence raj still, focus on 'ease of doing business'

    The Survey noted that increasing digitalization and seamlessly integrating multiple agencies onto a single digital platform c...

    Govt must unleash bold reforms to reach 6-6.5% growth

    Govt must unleash bold reforms to reach 6-6.5% growth

    The chamber said as the Economic Survey is a precursor to the Union Budget, it expects some of the bold reforms highlighting ...

    Economic Survey, Sangh on different history pages

    Economic Survey, Sangh on different history pages

    The survey’s Chapter 2 is a lengthy exposition on the importance of wealth creation, and it starts by noting that “for more t...

    Corporate tax to benefit a few companies: Survey

    Corporate tax to benefit a few companies: Survey

    The corporate tax cut announced by FM last Sept will benefit less than 1 pc of firms, as per Economic Survey.

    Access to electricity increases literacy rates: Survey

    Access to electricity increases literacy rates: Survey

    Electricity in schools is a part of basic infrastructure requirements to provide quality education. The Economic Survey obser...

    Funding infra projects would be a challenge: Survey

    Funding infra projects would be a challenge: Survey

    To achieve GDP of USD 5 trillion by 2024 – 2025, India needs to spend about USD 1.4 trillion (Rs.100 lakh crore) over these y...

    A Temasek-like model to put divestment on aggressive track

    A Temasek-like model to put divestment on aggressive track

    In the model, the government can transfer its stake in the listed CPSEs to a separate corporate entity which would be managed...

    Offer ESOPs to PSU bank staff, suggests Eco Survey

    Offer ESOPs to PSU bank staff, suggests Eco Survey

    The Economic Survey 2019-20, suggests that by transferring a portion of government stakes to the employees having good perfor...

    Eco Survey: Thalinomics in a time of rising prices

    Eco Survey: Thalinomics in a time of rising prices

    Using the annual earnings of an average industrial worker, it is found that affordability of vegetarian thalis improved 29 pe...

    'Inflation shows reversal on costlier veggies, pulses'

    'Inflation shows reversal on costlier veggies, pulses'

    Among food and beverages, inflation in vegetables and pulses was particularly very high, mainly driven by low base effect and...

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