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Can Haryana Break Away From The Bengal, Kerala Club?

Can Haryana Break Away From The Bengal, Kerala Club?

The state of Haryana has been clubbed with Bengal, Kerala and Punjab for the state of its finances, particularly for its large revenue deficit or a ‘negative’ gap between tax…

India’s Surprising States With ‘Real’ Fiscal Deficits: West Bengal, Kerala, Punjab & Haryana

India’s Surprising States With ‘Real’ Fiscal Deficits: West Bengal, Kerala, Punjab & Haryana

The Government of India’s fiscal deficit touched 5.9% of GDP in 2011-12. But most states of India actually do better except for a few whose finances are in particularly bad…

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…

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…

India’s 10 Most Indebted States

India’s 10 Most Indebted States

Debt is not bad. Many firms raise large chunks of it in their growth and expansion phases. Some ease out of it with time. Others struggle. But while the stakeholders…

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…

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…

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