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Ashok Gulati

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A tryst with destiny? Fulfilling pledges made to the nation in 1947 will need reform of food subsidy policy

India’s public grain management system of procurement, stocking and distributing, is perhaps the largest food programme in the world. It is also the most expensive, inefficient, and corrupt, system, crying for reforms.

But many Leftists disputed the poverty line, and then the C Rangarajan committee estimated HCR poverty at 29.5% in 2011.

Control, competition & cooperation: Ministry of cooperation must iron out distortions arising out of state subsidies

One will have to wait for its blueprint to see how it plans to take the country forward. However, experience of co-operatives in India is a mixed bag, more of failures and only few successes.

It was an indirect admission of the failure of socialist state with all its controls on the economy.

From Plate to Plough | Seven years of the Modi govt: Welfare over growth

Compared with the Manmohan Singh-led govt, the Modi-led govt seems to have priotised welfare, most visible in Swachh Bharat, MGNREGA, and rural housing

This translates into monetary losses of more than $6 trillion in present value terms. In such a scenario, climate change-induced economic losses to India would be almost $35 trillion in the next half of the century.

From Plate to Plough: Containing a rural Covid spread

We need to first convince people in rural Areas about vaccination, and simultaneously upgrade the health infrastructure, especially primary health centres

Second Wave of Covid-19: What we must do now?

National leadership has to have a war-room, comprising top medical experts, corporate leaders, logistics players, etc, to deliver at the last mile

Farm lessons from China and Israel

Experts from Israel, a global leader on water management, say that till India breaks away from free power for agriculture, there is no incentive for farmers to save water

All in a low-level equilibrium trap of poverty, except a few in the northwest that have much larger holdings and are supported by huge subsidies.

Union Budget 2021: A transparent Budget

Expenditure on agri-R&D needs to be doubled or even tripled in next three years

The contours of an optimal agri-food policy

Agri-food policies should be demand-driven, protect sustainability and efficiency in production, and give consumers more choice on nutritious food

Finance minister will do an honest job if she puts the full food subsidy bill in the central budget rather than putting it under the carpet of FCI borrowings.

From Plate to Plough: Ending the stalemate over the farm reforms

The govt can give in writing that the MSP system and the APMC markets will continue and allow farmers to take disputes to the District courts

So, those arguing for APMC mandis and MSP are basically arguing for 6% of farmers or 6% of the value of agri-produce.

Making Punjab great again: How to get farmers out of MSP trap

If Punjab farmers want to increase their incomes significantly, they need to gradually move away from MSP-based Paddy & Wheat to high-value crops/ livestock

But, if one is to assess the real contribution of farmers/states to agriculture and incomes, the best way is to see what is the agri-GDP per ha of gross copped area in that state.

From plate to plough: Policy options to deal with the farmer protests

The Centre could Devolve its spending on PDS, MSP Procurement, MGNREGA, & Fertiliser subsidy to the states through a formula prescribed by the finance commission

The agitation is primarily led by Punjab farmers, although some other groups have also joined.

Centre vs State farm laws: Lessons from history for Punjab

Its new farm Bills to nullify the central farm-reform laws mirror Indira Gandhi’s failed attempt at govt takeover of wholesale trade of rice and wheat in 1973-74

kharif sowing, kharif harvest, msp, minimum support price, farm income, agri economy

MSP vs Markets: A question of efficiency

Do we want agri growth that is also financially sustainable, or the mess that we have in rice, wheat, and sugar that are MSP- and SAP-dominated?

This transition is not a ‘zero-one’ game, it is only changing the mix of how much of pricing should be state-supported and how much market-driven.

The new farm reforms: Content and controversy

The farm Bills promise farmers the freedom to sell wherever, and to whomever, they please. This corrects the restrictive trade and marketing policies followed so far.

The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, received the Presidential assent on Sunday after both the Houses of Parliament passed the Bill earlier this month.

From plate to plough: Seeding future growth for the tractor industry

By Ashok Gulati and Ritika Juneja BOUNTIFUL RAINS AND news of tractor-sales shooting up by 38.5% in the month of July have triggered quite a buzz in the market. It is being claimed that the performance of agriculture this yea

Agriculture Infrastructure Fund: Another major step in the right direction to get agri-markets right

The bottom line is that India needs to not only spatially integrate its agri-markets (one nation, one market), but also integrate them temporally, with spot and futures markets converging.

How subsidy reforms could help take on China

A major rationalisation of subsidies can finance development of eastern India as well as reinforcing of defence in the wake of Chinese aggression.

Unshackle private sector for atmanirbhar agriculture

The govt should rethink its stand on seed-tech industry and on domestic urea production. encouraging the private sector led to stellar gains in tractors

If Modi govt wants Aatmanirbharta in agriculture, oil palm is a crop to work on

At $10 bn, edible oil Import account for the largest portion of India’s Agri-Import bill. If the Modi govt wants Aatmanirbharta in agriculture, oil palm is a crop to work on.

FCI stock, PDS: Centre can get Rs 1,50,000 crore by taking two bold reforms

While liquidating FCI’s Execss stocks could give the govt `100,000 crore, PDS reforms could free up another Rs 50,000 crore

As on March 31, borrowings from NSSF were Rs 254,600 crore, on which FCI pays an interest rate of 8.4-8.8% per annum.

Modi 2.0 may not reap doubling of farmers’ income

The latest reforms are a significant step forward, but shifting to DBT for food & Fertiliser subsidies may do more to bridge the gap with the DFI goal.

Would Modi government move towards direct cash transfers?

Merging state and central income support schemes will make Rs 5 lakh crore available to extend basic income to poor households; this will also stop leakages.

Only 61% of the claims of Rs 15,044 crore have so far been paid by the insurers, source said.

Unshackling farmers to push agriulture growth

India’s new Agri-marketing reforms could be the 1991-moment For agriculture, But they need supplementary action for optimal results

Modi government, agriulture growth, agriculture infrastructure, APMC yards,agri produce, APMC markets, contract farming, NABARD, agri marketing

Covid-19: A silver lining to the corona cloud

The states have done an exemplary job of ensuring availability of essential foods, and procuring wheat from farmers. focus must now be on relief for migrant workers.

Rebooting the economy: India needs a stimulus package of at least 5% of GDP

To bounce back from the pandemic quickly, India needs a stimulus package of at least 5% of GDP that focuses on broad-based development in laggard eastern states.

The all India relief package of Rs 1.7 lakh crore, announced by the central government earlier, which is about 0.8% of GDP, is too puny to reboot the economy.

From plate to plough: Deaths, destitution and democracy

India must use the corona-crisis to reform the agri-marketing system by abolishing the APMC Act, promoting e-NAM, and allowing warehouses to double up as mandis.

What ails agri-food policy? Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s ringside insight

Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s ringside insight into India’s agri-policies shows, without reform on food subsidy and MSP, unlocking resources for growth will be difficult.

agri-food policy, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, india economic reforms, agri food space, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, agri GDP growth, National Advisory Council
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