The writer is former member, Planning Commission, and chairman, Integrated Research and Action for Development
The annual benefit of Rs 6,000 will provide the household some cushion against unexpected expenditure due to illness or accidents, which pushes many people to the margins of the poverty line — at times, even below it.
A balanced approach can reduce petrol price without affecting revenues. RBI mustn’t artificially shore up rupee
Bans and fines can’t stop stubble burning. Build a market for straw and it will be gathered and used
Prices of petrol and diesel will come down if states agree on a mechanism to levy GST for oil products
Solar power may be price competitive, but it is subject to vagaries of weather
It can only be the beginning of the search for one.
There are several good proposals in Budget 2016. Government’s ability to raise resources for the proposed programmes will depend on the growth of the economy.
The Aam Aadmi Party’s strategy is a good one for some immediate relief. However, it must initiate action on all the other measures now.
Disprivilege and backwardness can be addressed without resort to fixed quotas
Planned cities must be flexible enough to evolve as needs and aspirations change.
Larger promises of emissions reduction would benefit India. But any agreement must also be fair.
SC order was sweeping. Now government must denationalise coal.
New government has no time to waste if it is to instil confidence that it is working to improve people’s well being.
What the new government should do to spur economic and industrial growth.
Rich countries must stop lecturing developing countries and accelerate their own efforts to cut emissions