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Several changes may usher in more egalitarian growth, driving investments the government should always have made and enabling a wider base of consumption(Himanshu Vyas / Hindustan Times)

The pandemic will change public life as we know it| Analysis

By Govind Sankaranarayanan
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2020 08:44 PM IST
The State’s role will expand. There will be more welfare projects, and a greater openness to technology
The irony is migrant workers will be expected to return to cities as soon as the lockdown is over(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
The irony is migrant workers will be expected to return to cities as soon as the lockdown is over(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)

In times of a lockdown, support migrant workers

By Chinmay Tumbe
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2020 06:17 PM IST
Internal migrants must be treated as well as international ones. Let them return, provide welfare, ramp up testing
Homeless and poor receive food at a government shelter in New Delhi.(AP)
Homeless and poor receive food at a government shelter in New Delhi.(AP)

Sitharaman unveils Rs 1.7 lakh crore package for poor amid Covid-19 crisis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2020 08:29 PM IST
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, at a press conference in the capital, announced a series of measures for the poor to help them deal with the coronavirus crisis.
The government needs to, urgently, come up with a comprehensive coronavirus contingency economic plan — to keep businesses viable — including through tax relief and extension of deadlines on loan repayments, among other measures(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
The government needs to, urgently, come up with a comprehensive coronavirus contingency economic plan — to keep businesses viable — including through tax relief and extension of deadlines on loan repayments, among other measures(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: Draw up a new economic plan | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2020 06:41 PM IST
Covid-19 will hurt incomes across the board. Be proactive
After the scheme was announced this February, in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, only 16.38 lakh farmers got the first instalment of ₹2,000 in February and March.(HT Photo)
After the scheme was announced this February, in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, only 16.38 lakh farmers got the first instalment of ₹2,000 in February and March.(HT Photo)

15 lakh more Maharashtra farmers to benefit from PM-Kisan scheme

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Surendra P Gangan
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2019 05:49 AM IST
Of the 1.50 crore farmers in Maharashtra, at least 1.25 crore farmers are eligible for the annual benefit of 6,000 in three instalments every four months, as income support to farmers.
There is a case for studying how employment guarantee programmes such as the MGNREGA can be strengthened by ensuring livelihoods to those who are in the greatest need and focusing on creation of durable assets that are of value to the poor(HT Photo)
There is a case for studying how employment guarantee programmes such as the MGNREGA can be strengthened by ensuring livelihoods to those who are in the greatest need and focusing on creation of durable assets that are of value to the poor(HT Photo)

Guaranteed employment is a good way to ensure minimum income in India

By Radhicka Kapoor
UPDATED ON APR 08, 2019 08:09 AM IST
Policy makers must examine income and employment guarantee schemes to secure an India free from poverty
On Friday, acting finance minister Piyush Goyal announced a “substantial increase” in the allocation to SC and ST welfare – Rs 76,801 crore for SC and Rs 50,086 crore for ST.(PTI)
On Friday, acting finance minister Piyush Goyal announced a “substantial increase” in the allocation to SC and ST welfare – Rs 76,801 crore for SC and Rs 50,086 crore for ST.(PTI)

‘Big numbers, no depth’: SC/ST criticise budget

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Dhrubo Jyoti
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2019 03:16 PM IST
Activists pointed out that the most discussed feature of the interim budget – Rs 500 monthly income support for small and marginal farmers – was unlikely to help a large section of SC/ST population because many Dalits didn’t own land.
A broker offers prayers as the announcement of the interim Union budget by finance minister Piyush Goyal plays on a screen, Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai, February 1, 2019(AP)
A broker offers prayers as the announcement of the interim Union budget by finance minister Piyush Goyal plays on a screen, Bombay Stock Exchange, Mumbai, February 1, 2019(AP)

Need to strictly adhere to a fiscal roadmap from now on

By Shubhada Rao
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2019 08:42 PM IST
The fiscal impulse of 0.4% of GDP appears a reasonable carve out for boosting growth in the current environment
Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed the PM Kisan scheme announced in the Budget 2019 as an insult to farmers.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi termed the PM Kisan scheme announced in the Budget 2019 as an insult to farmers.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

‘Rs 17 a day, an insult to farmers’: Rahul Gandhi slams PM Kisan scheme

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2019 04:20 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi said the PM Kisan scheme announced in the Budget 2019 would translate into cash assistance of Rs 17 a day to farmers.
India set a fiscal deficit target of 3.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) for the year ending March 2020, higher than a previous estimate, and also said it would breach the current year’s 3.3 percent deficit target.
India set a fiscal deficit target of 3.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) for the year ending March 2020, higher than a previous estimate, and also said it would breach the current year’s 3.3 percent deficit target.

India to face challenges meeting fiscal deficit target: Moody’s analyst

Mumbai | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2019 03:20 PM IST
India will face challenges meeting its fiscal deficit target of 3.4 percent for 2019/20, a Moody’s analyst said on Friday, after the government announced plans to step up rural income support in its last budget before a general election due by May.
Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presenting Budget 2019 in Parliament(Photo:ANI)
Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presenting Budget 2019 in Parliament(Photo:ANI)

Budget 2019: Assured income of Rs 6000 for farmers announced

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2019 02:15 PM IST
Rs 75,000 crore has been earmarked for PM Kisaan scheme, which will be implemented with retrospective effect from December 2018.
Finance Minister outside Parliament on Friday.(HT photo)
Finance Minister outside Parliament on Friday.(HT photo)

Budget 2019 highlights: Tax relief, mega pension plan for unorganised workers in poll year

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2019 05:34 PM IST
Budget 2019 Highlights: Finance minister Piyush Goyal presented the interim budget 2019 and proposed a slew of changes to the income tax slabs as well as a host of schemes for the farmers.
After Rahul Gandhi promising a minimum income guarantee scheme, PM Modi may be compelled to roll out a Universal Basic Income scheme for the poor (File Photo)(HT PHOTO)
After Rahul Gandhi promising a minimum income guarantee scheme, PM Modi may be compelled to roll out a Universal Basic Income scheme for the poor (File Photo)(HT PHOTO)

PM Modi may counter Rahul Gandhi’s income scheme with Universal Basic Income in budget

Hindustan Times | By Indo-Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2019 01:30 PM IST
The 2016-17 Economic Survey had clearly indicated a proposed income support for the bottom 75 per cent. The question is how the government will balance its financial equilibrium given that food subsidy is close to Rs 170000 crore while MNREGA is an additional Rs 55000 crore.
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