Jayati Ghosh is professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
In these dire circumstances, it is essential for the state to directly provide the basic means of survival to anyone who needs it. This must be in both cash and kind.
Instead of embarking on a massive administrative exercise with uncertain benefits, it is possible to think of another combination of public interventions that would actually ensure minimum income to a much larger proportion of the population.
It is counterproductive even for the government because effective policy-making requires proper knowledge of existing conditions and problems.
There are grand promises. But the actual increases in budgetary outlays are shockingly low.
GDP estimates are advance figures, but by the time they are revised only staid economists will be interested in them
Post-demonetisation, a reversal of the slowdown would require enhanced public spending. It doesn’t appear to be forthcoming.
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At a time of extreme rural distress, the Centre is violating the basic provisions of the employment guarantee act
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The ministry of labour is to require all establishments with 30 women workers or 50 total workers to provide crèche facilities for their employees, either at the premises or within half a kilometre.
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