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Udit Misra


Udit Misra

Udit Misra is Deputy Associate Editor

Understanding PM Garib Kalyan relief package: its components, and some perspective on implementation
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

FM Nirmala Sitharaman said the package will cost the national exchequer Rs 1.7 lakh crore, which is 0.8 per cent of India’s estimated gross domestic product in the current financial year (about Rs 204 lakh crore).

COVID-19: Making sense of Nirmala Sitharaman’s economic relief measures
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

The measures included tax relief, both direct and indirect and everyday working norms for a variety of economic magnates such as exporters and importers, small and medium-sized firms, and individuals as well.

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: How Yes Bank ran into crisis
Tue, Mar 10, 2020

How did Yes Bank go from being one of the buzziest banks to among the most stressed? To which sectors was it lending? Why have the RBI’s decisions triggered concern among depositors and bond owners?

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?

Karthik Muralidharan: ‘To an extent, both supporters and critics of Aadhaar for service delivery are correct’
Mon, Feb 24, 2020

A J-PAL study in Jharkhand on the use of Aadhaar-based biometric authentication (ABBA) in PDS delivery has found that leakages were reduced but at the cost of genuine beneficiaries getting excluded.

Aadhaar use in PDS ‘not a free lunch,’ finds a study
Fri, Feb 21, 2020

“Overall, biometric authentication in Jharkhand’s ePOS (electronic Point of Sale machines) was not a free lunch: depending on how it was used, it either did not reduce errors of inclusion or leakage or did so at the cost of increased exclusion error,” it states.

Explained: Why industrial production has contracted, what it means for the economy
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

The fall in IIP comes just a day after the Finance Minister quoted IIP data to argue the emergence of 'green shoots' in the Indian economy.

Explained: For AAP 2.0, what is the challenge ahead?
Wed, Feb 12, 2020

Despite the rollout of several so-called freebies by the AAP government, Delhi’s fiscal deficit is the lowest in the country. Sustaining its fiscal health, however, will require more revenue generation in future

Explained: Who was Kota Rani, likened to Mehbooba Mufti in her PSA dossier?
Tue, Feb 11, 2020

Kota Rani is remembered as the last ruler belonging to the Hindu Lohara dynasty in Kashmir.

Explained: Five reasons why RBI’s February monetary policy could be game-changer
Fri, Feb 07, 2020

Even though the RBI did not change the policy repo rates, Governor Das has managed to surprise everyone by adopting an unconventional approach.

Explained: Why Budget proposal on tax on Indians working abroad triggered confusion
Wed, Feb 05, 2020

If an Indian national lives in New Delhi but earns rental income from a house she owns in London, then, along with all other income that she earns within India, this rental income too, will attract tax.

With savings rate falling, phasing out exemptions may hit it harder
Tue, Feb 04, 2020

The savings rate, expressed as a percentage of the gross domestic product, reflects the pool of investible funds within the country that are available for the government and private businesses to use for investment purposes.

Explained: Will Budget 2020 work in getting the Indian economy back on track?
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

With the economy in deep crisis, what were the options before Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget for 2020-21? With limited resources at her disposal, she has tinkered with several aspects of the economy. But will this strategy work in getting the Indian economy back on track?

Explained: How govt plans to reboot the economy with this budget
Sat, Feb 01, 2020

Budget 2020: Boosting consumption by leaving people with higher disposable incomes is the key strategy. So what was the problem slowing down the economy? Read on

Union Budget Explained: Boosting consumption by leaving people with higher disposable incomes is the key strategy
Sat, Feb 01, 2020

Union Budget important points Explained, highlights: Here's an explanation and analysis of the Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament today.