The Railway Budget for 2016-17 has just been presented. The headline-grabbing point about no new trains and no fare increases is a myopic way of looking at the Budget. There are two ways to look at the Budget. The first is to look at the numbers in 2015-16 and how the projections went wrong, thereby adding credibility to the projections for 2016-17. Of course, the numbers are bad.
At the Joint Session of Parliament, the President said that "Close to 1800 obsolete legislations are at various stages of repeal". Earlier, at the Economic Times Global Business Summit, the PM said, "Our country suffers from an excess of old and unnecessary laws which obstruct people and businesses. We began the exercise of identifying unnecessary laws and repealing them.
One of the key mandates of NITI Aayog is to foster co-operative federalism through structured support initiatives. In this spirit, last year, the Prime Minister had constituted three sub-groups of Chief Ministers to advise the central government on Rationalization of Centrally Sponsored Schemes, Skill Development and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.
The Ministry of Urban Development has disseminated plenty of information about a Smart City, including through the website SMART CITIES MISSION. Yet, there is often lack of clarity in public discourse
It is generally agreed that a key element in the transformation of India is the creation of a large number of good jobs. While micro and small enterprises provide lots of jobs, consistent with their low productivity, they pay relatively low wages.
The Forest Act of 1927 and Forest Conservation Act of 1980 offer a good example of how good intentions can sometimes lead to unintended adverse outcomes.
In his parting speech to the erstwhile Planning Commission on 30th April 2014, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had stated, “Are we still using tools and approaches which were designed for a different era?
Fruits and vegetables gives 4-10 times the return from other crop groups namely cereals, pulses and oilseeds. A study on sources of growth indicate that diversification towards horticultural crops is the most powerful factor in raising growth rate of GDP agriculture.
At a time when environmental degradation was hardly an issue, Mahatma Gandhi had famously said that earth provided enough to satisfy every man's need, but not his greed. India has therefore rightly chosen the birth anniversary of the Mahatma to announce its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to combat climate change.
Onion price shocks are hitting India frequently and they are getting severe. It is ironical that sharp price spikes are experienced almost every third year despite impressive growth in onion production in the country which has risen from below 5.5 million tonne till 2002-03 to above 19 million tonne in the recent years.