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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
Jun 22, 2020
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.
Jun 08, 2020
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.
May 25, 2020
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
May 18, 2020
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.
May 11, 2020
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.
Apr 27, 2020
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.
Apr 13, 2020
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
Biggest economic retaliation step! India puts complete ban on import of power equipment from China
How much gold can you keep at home as per income tax rules?
International flights like Lufthansa, Emirates and Qatar Airways start operations; India to start next month
Jio, Airtel, Voda Idea badly need to raise tariffs to survive; here's how much more you should pay
Zoom responds to JioMeet; says experience, security and scale make it platform of choice for millions
Anil Ambani's Reliance Infra defaults seven times to Yes Bank since February
RIL, Kishore Biyani firm speak up on Future Retail stake buy report; check if deal is happening
Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet Train Project: A new hurdle for the country's first high-speed rail corridor; details
Bengaluru lockdown Karnataka Coronavirus latest news: Karnataka is India's fastest growing COVID19 state
Kanpur Shootout HIGHLIGHTS: CM Yogi announces Rs 1 crore ex-gratia to kin of policemen killed during raid, meets injured cops in Lucknow
Torrent: Cut to ‘reduce’, revise fair value to Rs 2,350 a share
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
Budget and the economy: What can we expect after this Budget?
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
Budget 2020: How ESOP tax changes will benefit start-up employees
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