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Can High Social Spends Save Bihar: The 2012 Budget

Can High Social Spends Save Bihar: The 2012 Budget

Bihar’s citizens may be lagging their cousins in many other states but the state’s balance sheet is in good order.   IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta  takes a close look at Bihar’s…

Maharashtra Taxes Beedis But Salary Bill Goes Up In Smoke

Maharashtra Taxes Beedis But Salary Bill Goes Up In Smoke

India’s most industrialised state (some may disagree) presented its State Budget last week. While Maharashtra is the most indebted state in the country at Rs 2,28,590 crore, the state has…

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…

Yadav’s Rs 2,40,000 Crore Mountain Of Debt & Promises Of Freebies

Yadav’s Rs 2,40,000 Crore Mountain Of Debt & Promises Of Freebies

Uttar Pradesh’s incoming Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, rode in on the youthfulness of his demeanour and the attractiveness of his giveaways.   Mr Yadav, son of…

Bengal Is Attacked For Infant Deaths, But Statistics Tell A Different Story

Bengal Is Attacked For Infant Deaths, But Statistics Tell A Different Story

Some 300 infant or crib deaths were reported from different hospitals in West Bengal since January 2012. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came under considerable flak at the time.…

Eastern UP Gets 50% More Than Original Green Revolution Allocation

Eastern UP Gets 50% More Than Original Green Revolution Allocation

The Government last week said it has released Rs 333 crore to 7 states in India’s east to `extend’ the green revolution. This is for the current financial year as…

Maharashtra’s Municipal Accounting Whodunit

Maharashtra’s Municipal Accounting Whodunit

SPR Foundation in an earlier report had highlighted how it was near impossible to get a consolidated view of a state’s finances. A new Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) report shows how municipal corporations, in addition…

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