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FM Sitharaman claim of MNREGS spike true only for May, April saw a fall
Fri, May 15, 2020

MGNREGA employment down more than half in April. Currently, out of the 13.74 crore MNREGS job cards issued, only 7.66 crore are “active”.

Credit guarantees to MSMEs: What are they, and how will they help?
Fri, May 15, 2020

Credit guarantees to MSMEs: In the latest tranche of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan package, the key thrust is a huge increase in credit guarantees to MSMEs. How do such guarantees work, and how is the move expected to help MSMEs?

Explained: What labour law changes by states mean
Sat, May 16, 2020

Last week, a number of state governments made key changes in the application of labour laws. What are the labour laws in the country, and how can such changes impact firms, their workers, and the economy?

Explained: Doubling times, earlier and now
Fri, May 01, 2020

COVID-19 cases in India are taking a longer time to double during the lockdown than they were earlier. A look at nationwide trends, and how widely the doubling rates have varied from one state to another.

Explained: Why oil prices fell below zero
Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Crude Oil Price: On Monday, WTI crude price hit minus $40, which means the seller should pay the buyer. Is that as illogical as it seems? A look at what led to the crash, and what it means for India and the world.

Explained: How COVID-19 is hurting the rupee’s exchange rate with other currencies
Tue, Apr 21, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Reserve Bank of India tabulates the rupee’s Nominal Effective Exchange Rate (NEER) in relation to the currencies of 36 trading partner countries.

Ways and Means Advances: what is it, and how far will relaxation of limit help?
Sun, Apr 19, 2020

The Ways and Means Advances (WMA) window is intended only to tide over temporary mismatches in cash flow of receipts and payments.

Higher spend, slump in revenues start straining finances of states
Fri, Apr 10, 2020

On Tuesday, 19 states sought to borrow an aggregate sum of Rs 37,500 crore through sale of bonds, with tenures ranging from two to 15 years, conducted on the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) auction platform.

COVID-19 impact: States struggle to raise monies amid fiscal uncertainty
Thu, Apr 09, 2020

Simply put, the borrowing costs for states have gone up by almost one percentage point in less than a month’s time.

Explained: Which factories should reopen after India’s coronavirus lockdown?
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

After the lockdown, what kind of manufacturing can be allowed to minimise risk of COVID-19 spread? Rather than insisting on ‘essential goods’ only, the key lies in which factories can enforce social distancing.

Get Well Soon
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

What does a fast-spreading virus, one that has led the government to impose restrictions on travel and trade, mean to an already slowing economy? As the PM announces an economic task force in the wake of coronavirus, The Indian Express mines data to find that pre-existing conditions in India today suggest that the road to recovery, unlike in the 2008 global financial crisis, will be long.

Electoral priorities dominate the budgets of five key states facing Assembly polls
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Apart from the wide geographical variation, these states also represent wide variation in terms of the political parties ruling them — from the Left Front government in Kerala to the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party in Assam.

States spend 5% of their money on healthcare; 15% on education
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

In 2017-18, Assam, Kerala and Chhattisgarh spent most in excess of the national average on both sectors. In sharp contrast, Haryana and Punjab spent lower than national average on both counts.

Potemkin Budgets: The state of state finances
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

Be it raising revenues or spending money, there is wide gap between what states promise to do in any given year and what they actually do.

17 state budgets, 1 story: Stressed fiscal, deep cuts in expenditure
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

All states, barring Assam, found their revenue receipts plummet through the current financial year. Bihar, for instance, saw its revenue receipts fall by around Rs 25,500 crore — roughly a fall of 14 per cent over the Budget Estimates.

Explained: Putting a cost to coronavirus
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has affected travel to and from many countries, industrial activity and global supply chains. How do economists estimate the cost of an outbreak of this kind for national and global economies?

Heart of Darkness: The context of violence in Northeast Delhi, India’s most densely populated district
Sun, Mar 01, 2020

An Express Research Group Report: India’s most densely populated district, with the Capital’s lowest number of banks. From its small coaching centres to its little businesses, its open drains to its Metro line, its mixed population to the recent polarisation, what frames the Northeast Delhi violence, leaving 42 dead?

Explained: Ways to measure poverty in India — and why the numbers matter
Wed, Feb 26, 2020

Poverty can be measured in terms of the number of people living below this line (with the incidence of poverty expressed as the head count ratio). The “depth” of poverty indicates how far the poor are below the poverty line.

Explained: India’s ‘imported’ food inflation
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

After a period of divergence, domestic and global food prices are rising in tandem. Coronavirus, global crude prices, and an expected bumper rabi harvest could determine the scenario in the coming months.

Explained: What Finance panel has said
Tue, Feb 04, 2020

The 15th Finance Commission has reduced the vertical devolution from 42% to 41%. It has used the criterion of ‘demographic effort’ to offset the population parameter, but its impact is not entirely clear

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