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Govt Announces Rs 100 Cr For Child Welfare But Centre Spend Slumps 96%

  Amidst one of the longest Budget speeches (16,536 words), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley allocated Rs100 crore for a new programme: Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana. Let us look at…

Budget 2014: No Change In Tax Rates, Income Tax Limit Hiked To Rs 2.5 lakh; Full Speech

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the first Union Budget of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) by not hiking tax rates and increasing the income tax limit…

India’s 50-Year-Old Agri Challenge, Low Foodgrain Per Capita: Budget 2014 Primer

  With 56.6% of working population engaged in agriculture and allied activities (Census2011), agriculture is an important component for the Government to focus on in the Budget.   Also, despite…

Make Rs 3.78 Lakh Income Totally Tax-Free: Survey

The “middle class” feels that the Government must make annual income of Rs 3.78 lakh totally tax-free since Rs 31,500 is needed for an average quality of life for a…

Why Slowing FDI Is A Concern & An Opportunity

  The Union Budget on 10th July is expected to set the ball rolling for discussions on what the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)- led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government will…

India’s Yawning Infrastructure Gaps: Budget 2014 Primer

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government has made several promises around infrastructure in both rural and urban areas. The promises include:   * Improve village-level infrastructure…

Rail Budget 2014: New Ways To Pick Up The Tab

Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda presented the first Budget of the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government. Gowda has set the tone for NDA’s Budget exercise with  minimal…

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