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M Govinda Rao

Articles By M Govinda Rao

89 Articles

GST implementation: Here’s why increasing number of slabs is retrograde

The problem with multiple rate categories is that it complicates the structure, adds to both administrative and compliance costs, leads to classification disputes and opens up avenues for special interest groups to lobby for

GST: Here’s why arrangement to separate service tax payers is flawed

After the 101st Constitutional Amendment enabled both the Union and the state governments to levy the Goods and Services Tax (GST), there has been a sense of urgency in implementation.

FRBM Act – roadmap of fiscal rules for future: Should targets be range-bound?

Unfortunately, global experience shows that governments want to spend the maximum they can and there is a danger that they will always work on the ceiling of the range

FRBM Act – roadmap of fiscal rules for future: Should targets be range-bound?

Raja Chelliah: The father of tax reform

The broad thrust of his reforms was to move away from the levy of extortionary rates

Project Saksham, what is Project Saksham, Why Project Saksham is necessary, All about Project Saksham, Project Saksham GST, Project Saksham financial express, Project Saksham india, Saksham, 5 things to know about new indirect tax network of CBEC and why it is necessary

Centre must contain fiscal deficit; here’s why

The govt must contain fiscal deficit to create borrowing space for the private sector

Indian rupee vs US dollar

Indian economy: Here’s why it is time to speed up reforms

The extent and speed of recovery depends on the pace at which reforms are calibrated.

indian economy

2 years of Modi: Cooperative federalism more a slogan than reality

Despite the Fourteenth Finance Commission providing a different framework, “cooperative federalism” has remained more a slogan than a reality

The mirage of cooperative federalism

Despite the Fourteenth Finance Commission providing a different framework, “cooperative federalism” has remained more a slogan than a reality

narendra modi, aap

Column: Emerging trends in state finances

Restructuring of centrally-sponsored schemes needs to be carefully examined

Column: Emerging trends in state finances

Union Budget: Pulling the rug under states’ feet?

Now that instant reactions and discussions about the Union Budget are over, the time is opportune to take a more considered view.

Arun Jaitley

Column: Budget 2016 – Caught in a chakravyuha?

To assume the budget gives more space to the financial system for lending to support rate-cuts may not be realistic

Column: Budget 2016 – Caught in a chakravyuha?

Union Budget 2016-17: Top 5 issues that can improve economic environment

The govt must find a way to get back on the path to fiscal consolidation while increasing public investment.

BUDGET 2016

Column: The crisis of credibility

The demand for relaxation of the fiscal deficit target raised in the Mid-Year Review is worrisome

Column: The crisis of credibility

Column: More of the same

The CMs panel on centrally-sponsored schemes has missed an opportunity to rationalise them

Column: More of the same

Column: Pressing the GST pedal; where do we go from here?

The conciliatory approach of the Prime Minister in inviting the leaders of the Congress party for discussion has once again brought the spotlight on the GST Bill.

Column: Pressing the GST pedal; where do we go from here?

Column: UDAY lacks brightness

Improvement in the finances of discoms is possible only if they reduce costs and increase revenues

Column: UDAY lacks brightness

Column: Need to go beyond OECD path

Many developing countries have pressed for addressing concerns specific to them

Column: Need to go beyond OECD path

Column: Lacking the power of reforms

The new bailout plan is unlikely to change the incentive structure and ensure healthy functioning of discoms

Column: Lacking the power of reforms

Column: For a friendlier tax regime

The foremost job is to reform the system that creates incentives to harass the taxpayers

Column: For a friendlier tax regime

Column: Can a rate cut spur investment?

Banks are unlikely to transmit any cut, given structural rigidities in the sector

Column: Can a rate cut spur investment?

Column: More than just smart infrastructure

Don’t limit the Smart Cities initiative to just enclave-type development

Smart city

Column: The reform conundrum

The government must reach out to Opposition parties to get the reform process moving

Column: The reform conundrum

Column: For whom and at what cost?

Quality institutions, state-of-the-art infrastructure and efficient allocation of resources will be crucial

Column: For whom and at what cost?

Column: Getting NITI Aayog to work

It can play an effective role in inter-governmental coordination only if states see it as a non-partisan institution

Column: Getting NITI Aayog to work

Column: Rationalising central schemes

Even if all the states agree, the Centre might not go beyond what the Finance Commission has suggested

Column: Rationalising central schemes

Column: Phasing out tax expenditures

A close scrutiny of tax sops for SEZs, infrastructure sector and fertiliser can boost tax-GDP ratio by at least 1%

Column: Phasing out tax expenditures

Column: Moving on reforms

While some changes in the law may be important, it may be necessary to work around this in the short-term

Column: Moving on reforms
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