Articles By Ashok Gulati
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.
Mar 16, 2020
Budget 2020: Why Sitharaman’s budget won’t double farmers’ income by 2022
Budget 2020-21: This has been going on since the 2003 model legislation—the Agricultural Produce Marketing (APMC) Act—when prime minister Vajpayee was at the helm of affairs.
Feb 02, 2020
Budget 2020: Food, urea subsidy reforms must be priorities
Budget 2020 India: The budget must be transparent on, and fully account for the Food Subsidy dues to FCI. IF DBT is adopted for food and Urea subsidies, the govt can save upto Rs 50,000 crore.
Jan 20, 2020
Govt can save Rs 50,000 crore by reforming country’s grain management system
Reforming the country’s grain management system could save the govt Rs 50,000 crore annually, allowing the FM to fund infra investments while maintaining fiscal deficit.
Jan 06, 2020
With Sharad Pawar in govt, it’s a golden chance for Maharashtra to frame an agriculture policy
Maharashtra’s farmers have been in the news quite often, and for the wrong reason: high incidence of farmers’ suicides.
Dec 09, 2019
From plate to plough: Sowing paddy, reaping smog
To curb NCR air pollution from stubble burning, the govt should incentivise Punjab and Haryana farmers to switch from paddy to corn.
Nov 11, 2019
Agrarian crisis: Fertiliser reforms are key, not zero-budget natural farming
The fertiliser prices, then, will be market-determined, ensuring their efficient usage, and stopping their diversion to non-agri uses as well as to neighbouring countries.
Sep 16, 2019
Remembering Arun Jaitley’s contribution to agri-policies
The political stalwart also had a keen agri-sense, and understood that the highest pay-off from economic reforms is now to come from agriculture
Sep 02, 2019
Why solar power is the only option to double farmers’ income
Calculations suggest that using 'solar trees' to generate solar power on farmers' land is the only way to double farmers' incomes by 2022
Aug 05, 2019
Empower farmers by streamlining subsidies through JAM trinity
The government re-started some almost dead plants (Gorakhpur, Ramgundam, etc) that produce urea at more than $400/tonne.
Jul 22, 2019
Harvesting water: Technology vs policy
Lack of effective regulation and policy of cheap or free power supply for irrigation have intensified freshwater crisis beyond technological redemption
Jul 08, 2019
Budget 2019: Why FM Sitharaman should have expanded PM-KISAN scheme to cover fertiliser, power subsidies
Union Budget 2019 India: PM-KISAN should have been expanded to cover fertiliser and power subsidies
Jul 06, 2019
Explained: Modi’s Bt cotton connection and why his govt needs to wake up on GMO
WIth Bt cotton, India gained about $67 bn in forex from extra exports of cotton & cotton yarn, and savings in imports, over FY03-FY17, compared to business as usual.
Jun 24, 2019
What Modi needs to do to spur agri-trade
Today, India spends roughly 0.7% of agri-GDP on agri-R&D and extension together. This needs to double in the next 5 years. The returns are enormous
Jun 10, 2019
Why Modi must now sow agri-marketing reforms
If PM Modi can do this shift from price policy to income policy, and reform the current agri-marketing system, it will be a fundamental structural reform in agriculture with high pay-offs in the years to come.
May 27, 2019
From doubling farmers income to higher MSPs, had BJP over promised?
Apart from talk of doubling farmers' income and higher MSPs, the BJP had promised fast-track action on 99 irrigation projects and FCI reforms. None of this has happened.
May 13, 2019
Cow and cane: Will they become PM Modi’s pain?
Farmers, who were promised a much better deal in the 2014 BJP manifesto, feel they have been taken for a ride as they are finding it difficult to retain their existing income levels
Apr 29, 2019
Bold promises to reform agri-markets missing from BJP, Congress manifestoes
If India achieves a 4-5% growth in agri-GDP on a sustainable basis, it would need to export aggressively lest it creates a glut at home, adversely affecting farmers’ incomes.
Apr 15, 2019
Global Hunger Index: The unfinished agenda of people’s welfare
Can any political party promise in its manifesto that, in the next 5 years, India will RANK among the 50 least-hungry countries in the Global Hunger Index?
Apr 01, 2019
Farm subsidy to loan waivers: A race to compensate farmers for their losses
Despite last ditch attempts by election-minded political parties to atone for farmers’ losses, these are not a substitute for the structural reforms that are needed.
Feb 18, 2019
Why budget relief a drop in the ocean for farm distress
The schemes for cow protection and fisheries are steps in the right direction, but they don’t solve the farmers’ current problems
Feb 02, 2019
From plate to plough: Over Rs 45 lakh crore plundered from farmers
Until India structurally reforms its agri-economy, a stable income policy for farmers is required, for at least the next five years
Jan 21, 2019
Farm distress: MSP, loan waivers vs direct income support
MSPs or loan-waivers cannot reach more than 20-30% of peasantry and distort the market much more than direct income support policies
Jan 07, 2019
A race to the bottom: Is there a better way to help farmers?
The marginal farmers, who constitute 68.5% of peasantry, actually take more than half of their loans from informal sources at interest rates that range from 24-36%.
Dec 24, 2018
Agrarian crisis: What PM Narendra Modi can learn from KCR to help farmers
Professional bodies like CACP suggesting hiking msp to 1.5 times a2+fl costs or others touting doubling-of-farm-income without examining their practicality is worrying.
Dec 13, 2018
From plate to plough: Why parties prefer freebies to investments in election manifestoes
Raising the rate of growth of farmers’ incomes from 3.6% to almost 13% by 2022-23 is akin to promising them the moon and taking them for a ride
Nov 26, 2018
From plate to plough: Decoding Maharashtra’s never ending water woes
Cost ratios are highly inflated to justify starting several projects and hardly any ex-post analysis is done to see whether what was promised gets delivered at that cost.
Nov 12, 2018
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Budget 2020 hasn't violated fiscal discipline: FM Sitharaman
Budget 2020 was disappointing for lacking vision; but fiscal, taxation measures welcome: EAC-PM member Ashima Goyal
Budget 2020: FM Nirmala Sitharaman says govt willing to do more beyond Union Budget to boost growth
Budget 2020: FM says green shoots of recovery visible, points at worse macro-economic fundamentals under UPA
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Budget 2020: FM Sitharaman takes on P Chidambaram over defence budget allocation
Budget 2020 proposals on DDT, personal tax not to impact MF industry: Franklin Templeton
Budget 2020: Chidambaram slams Modi govt; says economy close to collapse, unemployment making India poorer
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Economic Survey 2020: Fudging food and fertiliser subsidy
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