Monday, 24 January, 2022
TopicBudget 2018

Topic: Budget 2018

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.


File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.