Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Topic: Budget 2018

Apni Mandi, Chandigarh

New procurement policy will allow states to rope in private players to ensure MSP to farmers

The cabinet headed by PM Modi has approved a new procurement policy to ensure minimum support price to farmers.
File photo of women at work in India

With biggest budget, how has the rural development ministry performed on key schemes?

For FY 2017-18, the ministry had an allocation of Rs 1.07 lakh crore. How has it fared on implementing schemes like MGNREGA, housing, and roads?
Farmers at work

Operation Green is Modi government’s TOP priority, but it’s not ready yet

Operation Green had not been formulated at the time of Arun Jaitley's 2018 Union Budget speech, though he declared a Rs 500 crore outlay for it.
Healthcare

In implementing health insurance scheme, Centre may face political roadblock from states

Government plans to set up a national governing council comprising Centre and state representatives, on the lines of the GST Council.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in the Rajya Sabha

Indian states are doing a shoddy job of governance, but the focus is always on the Centre

The failures of the states does not mean that the Centre should do more, but there needs to be more scrutiny on states, whose own governance can range from the desultory to the dictatorial.
A farmer ploughing his field | Flickr

Arun Jaitley hasn’t fulfilled his promise to farmers. So why is he pretending like he has?

The FM knew that the media would not spend that much of time and attention on farmers. He knew that on farmers, you need not put your money where your mouth is.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh

India doesn’t need a ‘strong’ PM to boost growth. And that claim’s backed by data

Over the past 50 years, India’s GDP growth has improved every 10-15 years, though it hasn’t really had many economically enlightened leaders steering it.
Arun Jaitley

Don’t believe the BJP and Congress claims that they’re cleaning up poll funding

The larger lesson is clear: in an era when the Congress & the BJP can agree on next to nothing, they will gladly join hands to save their own skin.
Se La Pass, Arunachal Pradesh

Arun Jaitley’s Budget proposal to fund Se La tunnels likely to face Chinese objection

The lack of all-weather connectivity to Tawang has always put India at a disadvantage to China in the region; the tunnels are thus very important to the Army.

Tunnel under Se La: The pass where the Chinese smashed into India in 1962

The pass in Arunachal has a history that few military veterans want to recall, but none can dare forget. It was the site of India’s humiliation in 1962.
A laptop computer screen displaying the Netflix homepage | Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Netflix is to blame for spoiling viewers rotten

Netflix has accustomed viewers to the idea of an unlimited assortment of TV shows and movies at lesser prices and no ads.
Sabarimala temple

Sabarimala opens tomorrow: Bracing for street attacks on women or is SC order unworkable?

The Sabarimala shrine in Kerala is set to open its gates Wednesday to women of all age groups for the first time after the Supreme Court ruling last month. Seve...