Public Policy

Forget GDP, worry about the financial state of our states

DEBT BURDEN: UP’s debt is going to be a big challenge for the new CM, Yogi Adityanath

For a government so focused on triumphal messaging and with the ‘3 saal bemisal’ celebrations reaching a crescendo, new economic numbers released this week make for sobering reading. Finance minister Arun Jaitley has pointed to the impact of global factors, vociferously asserting that 7-8% growth is the new normal and “fairly reasonable”. The government’s chief […..]

MSME minister Kalraj Mishra: Only micro, small and medium businesses can provide maximum jobs, entrepreneurs and products for India

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Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) account for over 37% of India’s GDP and a major chunk of employment. In an effort to push this segment as an engine of growth, the government recently launched an online portal and mobile app for tracking data from business-related schemes and to monitor delayed payments to small businesses […..]

Carnegie President William J Burns: Hope Modi’s US visit will be an action-forcing mechanism

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With the White House having announced that US President Donald Trump will be hosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year in Washington, Ambassador William J Burns, President of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former US Deputy Secretary of State, spoke to Nalin Mehta on what New Delhi can expect from the first bilateral […..]

KCR’s public money gift to Tirumala

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‘Defence ministry has remained a labyrinth’

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With political parties trading charges on the suicide of ex-soldier Ram Kishan Grewal on OROP, emotions are running high on both sides. Major Navdeep Singh, advocate in Punjab and Haryana high court, who was a member of the defence minister’s committee of experts to review service and pension matters which submitted its report in 2015, […..]

Chest-thumping and military’s downgrading can’t go together

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These are strange times for India’s armed forces. Our soldiers are caught in the middle of the biggest chestthumping and political messaging exercise since the Kargil war, which includes the PM’s laudable ‘Sandesh for Soldiers’ initiative with evocative Diwali photo-ops on the frontlines, rakhi-tying ministers in distant outposts and defence minister’s quixotic declaration that India’s […..]

‘Medical regulation needs urgent reform’

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The Niti Aayog has invited state health secretaries later this week to discuss its draft of a new Medical Commission of India Bill 2016, which seeks to reform medical regulation in India. K Sujatha Rao, former union health secretary and author of the forthcoming ‘Do We Care: India’s Health System’, talked to Nalin Mehta about […..]