Keyword : Budget 2018

Budget speech goes heavy on two pillars of governance: health and education

Ahead of general elections next year, the government has rightly decided to focus on two crucial pillars of development, namely, health and education. Finance minister Arun Jaitley&rsq

Gandhi sesquicentennial: Govt announces celebration plans

2019 will mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and finance minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech has announced that the government plans to celebrate the occasion.

Will Rs 1.48 lakh crore Capex help railways to become safer?

As the government allocates Rs 1.48 lakh crore for the railways for 2018-19, it is expected that this would improve safety and create better infrastructure. The railways got the Cape

Govt has proposed a unified authority for international financial service centre

In 2018 budget the government has announced tax incentives for the ‘operational’ international financial services centre, aka IFSC, at GIFT city, located between Ahmedabad and Gandhinag

Coming up: national logistics portal

Finance and corporate affairs minister Arun Jaitley said that to carry the business reforms for ease of doing business deeper and in every state, the government has identified 372 specific business

A health protection scheme for 10 crore families

The budgetary allocation for health has increased by 11.5 percent this year. It has increased to Rs 52,800 crores in 2018-19 from Rs 47,353 in 2017-18. Government in the budget 2018

Budget is growth and employment oriented: Experts

"It is a growth oriented budget. What we are doing now for the agriculture sector should have been done 20-30 years ago otherwise there will be food inflation and food crisis,” says Gaur

Budget forward looking, opine experts

The union budget will boost investments, accelerate innovation and generate new career opportunities, felt experts who noted that the focus on Artificial Intelligence is a timely move.

Is divestment only way to bridge fiscal deficit, raise funds?

Even as the government has exceeded the target of raising disinvestment proceeds of Rs 72,500 crore in the current fiscal, the question of enhancing the CPSE’s efficiency largely remains unan

The case of the missing middle

The new year is barely a month old and, all of a sudden, it seemed the year 2019 was almost here. The end of December was the time of crucial state election results, and the beginning of February w

Tightrope walking meets poll dance

Budget 2018, forecast to be a “please all” budget, has come out as a “disappoint all” budget. The public is looking askance at a budget that gives with one hand but takes aw

What ails the latest Economic Survey?

The preface of the current Economic Survey concludes with the words of TS Eliot: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another v

Sunset clause

The world population is ageing progressively and rapidly. As long as fertility continues to remain low, the proportion of senior citizens will continue to increase. The number of people who turn 60



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