M Govinda Rao

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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

Column: Use GST Bill breather to set it right

It is important not to implement a bad tax in the eagerness to introduce GST

Column: Use GST Bill breather to set it right

One year of Narendra Modi sarkar: Missing Prince of Denmark in the Hamlet of reforms

One year of Narendra Modi govt: By any measure, even the hardcore supporters of the ruling party consider one year of the NDA rule as uneventful.

One year of Narendra Modi sarkar: Missing Prince of Denmark in the Hamlet of reforms

Column: GST Bill; First step, but with birth defects

A close examination of the Constitution amendment Bill shows that the structure envisaged is fraught with flaws.

Column: GST Bill; First step, but with birth defects

Column: The power conundrum

NITI Aayog must step in to harmonise policies and ensure reforms to prevent generators from becoming bankrupt

Column: The power conundrum

Column: The state of central transfers

Under the new tax devolution regime, it is for states to set their priorities in providing public services

Column: The state of central transfers

Column: Can’t just bank on public investment

Public sector projects are fraught with huge delays, but we still pin our hopes on them to revive growth

Column: Can’t just bank on public investment

Column: The wait for acche din just got longer

The relaxing of the fiscal consolidation target hasn’t added much to public investment

Column: The wait for acche din just got longer

Union Budget: No acche din in sight

The Budget disappoints on both increase in public investment and fiscal consolidation. A more calibrated approach to reforms is needed

Union Budget: No acche din in sight
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