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Two years on: Here's how Narendra Modi, his govt and BJP have performed

May 26, 2016

Two years on: Here's how Narendra Modi, his govt and BJP have performed

The performance of Narandra Modi as an individual, the functioning of his government and the narrative of his RSS-backed party during the preceding two years calls for a dispassionate analysis that’s done without any fear or favour #BJP #Narendra Modi #ConnectTheDots #NDA #Assembly Elections #LPG Subsidies #Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna #approval rating
Mr Prime Minister, please ensure privacy rights for all Indians: MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Mar 19, 2016

Mr Prime Minister, please ensure privacy rights for all Indians: MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar

I would urge the govt to explore the possibility of either a new privacy legislation, or review and amend the existing IT Act, Section 43 A at the earliest #Supreme Court #Aadhaar #parliament #privacy #LPG Subsidies #Rajeev Chandrashekhar #Information Technology Act
Modi is ending UPA's oil mess, but cannot remain a fair weather deregulator

Apr 22, 2015

Modi is ending UPA's oil mess, but cannot remain a fair weather deregulator

The government's decision to free ONGC from having to subsidise LPG this year is good, but this decision cannot depend on the vagaries of global oil prices. Deregulation cannot be brought in or abandoned based on convenience #ONGC #LPG Subsidies #Dharmendra Pradhan #Oil Price Deregulation #Windfall Profits Tax
Jan Dhan: Drop in zero-balance accounts as LPG cash subsidies flow in

Feb 05, 2015

Jan Dhan: Drop in zero-balance accounts as LPG cash subsidies flow in

The Jan Dhan Yojana scheme's success depends on how active these accounts become. One sign: the number of zero-balance accounts is falling. The LPG cash transfers may be helping #Narendra Modi #LPG Subsidies #Direct Benefits Transfer #Jan Dhan Yojana
After diesel, Modi govt wants to decontrol urea, but it won't work if done in small doses

Jan 20, 2015

After diesel, Modi govt wants to decontrol urea, but it won't work if done in small doses

The NDA government is working on a plan for the gradual phaseout of urea price controls. But an extended phaseout will be politically tougher than a quick one-shot affair. The government should do it quickly. #Subsidies #LPG Subsidies #Direct cash transfers #Union Budget 2015 #Urea Deregulation
Jan Dhan may get Modi into Guinness book, but duplicate accounts will burden banks

Nov 19, 2014

Jan Dhan may get Modi into Guinness book, but duplicate accounts will burden banks

In the absence of a careful approach, as the RBI highlighted, 7.5 crore zero-balance accounts will become a liability to the system #Narendra Modi #Subsidies #Kerosene #Guinness World Records #food subsidies #LPG Subsidies #Direct Benefits Transfer #Jan Dhan Yojana
Jan Dhan plus DBT is a winner; over 3 years, it won't be a back-breaker for banks

Nov 15, 2014

Jan Dhan plus DBT is a winner; over 3 years, it won't be a back-breaker for banks

In a worst-case scenario, the Jan Dhan Yojana could cost banks or the govt upto Rs 13,500 crore annually. But once more subsidies are moved to direct transfers and bank accounts, it will break even #Subsidies #Kerosene #food subsidies #LPG Subsidies #Direct Benefits Transfer #Jan Dhan Yojana
Aadhaar for quick passport: Is Modi government slyly getting around SC order?

Nov 11, 2014

Aadhaar for quick passport: Is Modi government slyly getting around SC order?

The Aadhaar number is being pushed for passports and LPG even though there are SC orders that say all notifications making it compulsory should be withdrawn. What is Modi govt up to? #Narendra Modi #Aadhaar #UIDAI #LPG Subsidies #Passports Verification #Real Estate Deals
LPG deregulation is next: consumer may get fixed subsidy; prices will change monthly

Oct 21, 2014

LPG deregulation is next: consumer may get fixed subsidy; prices will change monthly

The shift to direct cash transfers for LPG cylinders makes it inevitable that the Modi government will decontrol prices and move towards fixed subsidy payments into consumer accounts #LPG Subsidies #Dharmendra Pradhan #Direct cash transfers #LPG Decontrol
LPG cash subsidy: How oil cos will pay for UPA re-election

Apr 18, 2013

LPG cash subsidy: How oil cos will pay for UPA re-election

The PMO is planning to pay the LPG cash subsidy for only one cylinder upfront: this means the oil companies will bear a part of the UPA's re-election costs #Cash-for-votes #LPG #Cash transfers #LPG Subsidies #Direct Benefits Transfer