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Episode 874 May 19, 2020

What the Atmanirbhar Bharat economic package does, and what it fails to do

Last week on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, announced an economic package under what he called the Self-reliant India Mission or the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. And then, over the course of the next 5 days after his announcement, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled the details of this package. In this episode, we unpack this package for you. We look at its highlights, understand how the measures are going to help and discuss why the package is being criticised.

First, P Vaidyanathan Iyer, gives us an overview of the package. He talks about the measures that stand out, why it fails to address the crisis people are facing right now and the possible reasons why the government has decided not to spend more. Next, Udit Misra explains the measures proposed for the MSME sector (17:58). And finally, Harish Damodaran talks about the reforms proposed for the agriculture sector and how they will help the farmers (25:18).


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What the Atmanirbhar Bharat economic package does, and what it fails to doLast week on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, announced an economic package under what he called the Self-reliant India Mission or the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. And then, over the course of the next 5 days after his announcement, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled the details of this package. In this episode, we unpack this package for you. We look at its highlights, understand how the measures are going to help and discuss why the package is being criticised. First, P Vaidyanathan Iyer, gives us an overview of the package. He talks about the measures that stand out, why it fails to address the crisis people are facing right now and the possible reasons why the government has decided not to spend more. Next, Udit Misra explains the measures proposed for the MSME sector (17:58). And finally, Harish Damodaran talks about the reforms proposed for the agriculture sector and how they will help the farmers (25:18). You can follow us and leave us feedback on Facebook and Twitter @expresspodcasts, or send us an email at podcasts@indianexpress.com. If you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us. You can also find us on https://www.indianexpress.com/audio.