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Friday, February 21, 2020

Union Budget 2020


Copies of ‘anti-farmer’ Budget burnt in 19 Punjab districts

February 14, 2020 1:57 pm

To facilitate MNCs and corporates, the Modi government has proposed cluster farming, one district one crop and one corporate for marketing, which will hit the farmers hard, the protesters said.

The budget relegated women’s economic participation to secondary importance

February 14, 2020 10:51 am

Pulling women into the economy isn’t a function of budget alone, but also policy design, political will.

It’s a relief FM did not succumb to spending our way out of the growth slump

February 12, 2020 12:16 pm

As much as the headline fiscal deficit numbers are a cause for concern, the underlying quality of fiscal consolidation is a bigger concern.

Economy being treated by incompetent doctors, waiting outside ICU: Chidambaram

February 10, 2020 1:07 pm

"You made sure Raghuram Rajan and Arvind Subramanian left. Even Arvind Panagariya couldn't stay longer. You need to get rid of your doctors but who are your doctors?" Chidambaram said.

Children's 'parliament' discusses Union Budget, pledges last-child-as-first-priority

February 10, 2020 12:34 pm

According to the report by Haq, the children’s share in the budget has dropped from 3.29 per cent in 2019-2020 to 3.16 per cent in 2020-2021. Allocation for child protection also declined marginally, by 1.43 per cent in this budget.

Faced with severe challenges to the economy, the government has proved to be clueless and timid

February 09, 2020 9:41 am

From demonetisation to GST, from Swachh Bharat Mission to electrification of homes, from Ujjwala Yojana to UDAY, every programme has serious shortcomings. Unfortunately, the government lives in an echo chamber and hears only adulatory responses.

Govt's intent to move towards simplification of tax regime: Nirmala Sitharaman

February 07, 2020 6:48 pm

"The intent of the current government is to move towards simplification of the tax regime," the finance minister said, adding that the government was trying to implement the many recommendations of the Direct Tax Code Committee.

Haryana: Khattar govt’s proposals for irrigation, rail projects fail to find mention in Budget

February 06, 2020 2:44 pm

Haryana had demanded additional assistance through the NABARD to compensate for Rs 3,500 crore loss of Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies for the interest waiver scheme it started to provide debt relief to farmers.

FM tried to address issues facing the economy. But state and municipal budgets are equally critical

February 06, 2020 9:36 am

With central reforms increasingly announced outside budget speeches, and both revenue and expenditures starting to become predictable, it might be more productive for public attention to move to other areas of government functioning like state and municipal budgets.

Budget was expected to give positive impulses to the economy. It took no bold steps

February 05, 2020 9:58 am

The government has lulled itself into imagining the slowdown is cyclical, and counter-cyclical policies — fiscal and monetary — can reverse the growth path. That be so, but has the government moved with conviction to pursue such policies?


Union Budget 2020: Key announcements by FM Nirmala Sitharaman

February 01, 2020 4:51 pm

Presenting the Budget 2020 in Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Nirmala listed three core themes for the Budget — Aspirational India, Economic Development For All and A Caring Society. Stressing on doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

Union Budget 2020: Sitharaman carries 'bahi khaata' to Parliament

February 01, 2020 1:48 pm

As the Indian economy battles a sluggish growth, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday will table the second budget of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government after it returned to power last year.