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Govt Consumes 20% Of Petrol: Parrikar On Goa’s Radical Price Cuts

Govt Consumes 20% Of Petrol: Parrikar On Goa’s Radical Price Cuts

New Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar recently made headlines when he cut petrol prices by Rs 11 per litre in his budget, a move no other state government has dared…

Is Orissa India’s Best Fiscally Managed State?

Is Orissa India’s Best Fiscally Managed State?

Orissa has been a chronically poor state.  In 2004-05, 57.2% of people in Orissa were poor. In the decade up to this year, or from 1994-95, the decline in poverty…

Kerala Budget 2012: Nearly Bankrupt But High Education Spends

Kerala Budget 2012: Nearly Bankrupt But High Education Spends

Kerala, the original claimant to the catchphrase – God’s own country – is an interesting bundle of contradictions. It’s the most literate state in the country but has very high…

Meet India’s Chronic Over Spenders

Meet India’s Chronic Over Spenders

It’s not exactly breaking news but a closer look at how various Indian states are managing their budgets is insightful.   IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta finds that many Indian states spend…

Will It Be India’s Bravest State Budget Or..

Will It Be India’s Bravest State Budget Or..

Goa’s Budget 2012-13 provides a few more reasons to not just visit the state but take up more permanent residence there. IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta did some math on the only state budget in…

December Elections Weigh On Gujarat; FY13 Budget Offers Tax Sops To Middle Class, Poor

December Elections Weigh On Gujarat; FY13 Budget Offers Tax Sops To Middle Class, Poor

Election year budgets have never failed to disappoint the middle class and the poor in India.   In that context IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta finds that Gujarat’s budget for financial year…

West Bengal: Where Film, Music & Dance Rule Over All

West Bengal: Where Film, Music & Dance Rule Over All

West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra began his 2012 budget speech by blaming the erstwhile Left government for the dire state of the state finances.   He noted: “In a…

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