Budget 2013: Costing India’s Flagship Schemes

India’s budgetary pronouncements are often analyzed in the context of the many spending programmes successive Governments have initiated over the years – and the 2013-2014 Union Budget is no different. Many of these programmes draw criticism for their faulty design & less-than-effective implementation. Nevertheless, these programmes have helped the Government focus efforts in a manner … Continued

Budget 2013: The Dope On Who Gets How Much

Finance Minister P Chidambaram, while presenting Budget 2013-14, said that fiscal deficit remains high but did not cut down on spending, particularly the subsidy bill which many were watching closely.   IndiaSpend looks at the allocations to catalogue the top 10 ministries, and finds that the Ministry of Finance secures the top position (like it … Continued

Budget 2013: Here’s What The Government Is Really Betting On

  India’s Union Budget 2013-14 was presented on February 28, 2013 against a backdrop of a slowing economy and stalling investment.   IndiaSpend contributor Anupam Gupta takes a closer look at the Budget papers and finds the numbers reflecting an attempt at maintaining balance between supporting social spend and fiscal consolidation. He also brings out … Continued