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West Bengal & Andhra Pradesh: A Story of Fiscal Contrasts

West Bengal & Andhra Pradesh: A Story of Fiscal Contrasts

While the Union Budget is the mother of all, it is now evident the State Budgets in combination or independently have a considerable direct impact on citizens. Particularly when one…

Army Chief Complains, Navy Gets To Spend It

Army Chief Complains, Navy Gets To Spend It

India’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General V K Singh kicked up a holy row last week by revealing that he had been offered a Rs 14 crore bribe by…

30% Of India’s Populace Deserves Better

30% Of India’s Populace Deserves Better

In his Union Budget 2012 speech, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee allocated Rs 74,056 crore for education via the Ministry of Human Resource Development, as compared to Rs 63,363 crore in…

The Silent Beneficiaries of Government Spending

The Silent Beneficiaries of Government Spending

In our special Budget 2012 edition, we pointed out how the Supplementary Grants process to get Parliamentary approval for increased expenditure (beyond budgetary allocations) was often likely to conceal potentially…

Budget 2012: The Surprise Top 10 Countdown

Budget 2012: The Surprise Top 10 Countdown

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his Budget speech on March 16 said 2012 will be the year for Horticulture. One would assume that Agriculture would thus be a sector with…

Despite The Scams, India’s Healthcare Infrastructure Is Expanding

Despite The Scams, India’s Healthcare Infrastructure Is Expanding

Many people who had not heard of the Government of India’s National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) did so for the first time when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) blew…

PranabDa’s Post Budget ‘Gift’ Which Not Many Account For

PranabDa’s Post Budget ‘Gift’ Which Not Many Account For

The Government of India usually puts in three Supplementary Demands for Grants with Parliament. Supplementary Demands essentially seek permission from the House to spend more than what was provisioned for…

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