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State spending less due to empty coffers: Opposition

The Opposition has alleged that the state government’s expenditure of its planned budget is poor because its resources have been drying up.

Former FM wants Pranab to raise I-T exemption limit

Millions of income tax payers expecting finance minister Pranab Mukherjee to raise the tax exemption limit on Monday, have a strong supporter in former finance minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.

9% growth forecast difficult to achieve: Economists

Even as the Government remains bullish about economic growth next fiscal, leading economists aren't as confident as North Block mandarins about India's ability to even maintain the current growth rate given the many domestic and global headwind staring at the country.

The price of survival

The Union budget may provide the UPA government one last chance to redeem itself. It is also perhaps the biggest challenge before Pranab Mukherjee, and Manmohan Singh, to prove that they are capable of living up to expectations without using too much financial jargon. Pankaj Vohra writes.

Finding safety in numbers

Pranab-babu’s budget reflects the nitty-gritty of governance rather than big ticket reforms.

Tax slabs broadened, but aam-aadmi may not smile

The finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee presented his fifth budget (third in a series) in an upbeat mood on account of the swift and broad-based growth that the Indian economy has achieved in 2010-11. M Lakshminarayanan writes.

Does not meet nation’s challenges

In 2007-08, the government’s fiscal deficit was around Rs. 1,27,000 crore. In one stroke, P Chidambaram more than doubled it to Rs. 3,37,000 crore in 2008-09, making a mockery of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act.  Yashwant Sinha writes.

No integrated strategy for food security, agriculture

The budget comes in the backdrop of an emerging global food crisis, caused partly by extreme weather events in some major food producing countries, and partly, by escalating petroleum price arising from the battles in the Middle East.

Taxation plans show balance

The budget presented by our finance minister in the Parliament on Monday is technocratic and modern. Sailesh Haribhakti writes.

A right balance between growth and populism

India is now the fifth biggest economy in the world. We are well on track to achieve double digit growth with contribution from sustained trends in savings and investments, continued momentum in services and efforts towards fiscal consolidation.

Low-impact budget from a personal savings perspective

From a personal savings and investments perspective, the budget has been a low-impact event, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Dhirendra Kumar writes.

Consolidation of gains to keep our economy on a high

The finance minister presented this budget against the backdrop of high GDP growth. The growth so far has been broad-based across all sectors, even as economies in the West are still experiencing tepid growth and high unemployment.  Kumar Mangalam Birla writes.

This budget, FM introduced a ‘reform agenda’

Before the clock struck 11am on Budget day, the air was thick with apprehensions. Amit Mitra writes.

Social sector spending to spur growth

The budget presentation evinces keen interest among all sections of the society ever since the Narasimha Rao government set off economic reforms in 1991. Ritwika Sen writes.

A positive move, budget boosts growth drivers

From the perspective of the Indian industry, Budget 2011-12 is a positive exercise, effectively balancing growth and inclusion while adhering to fiscal consolidation compulsions. Hari Bhartia writes.
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