The Union budget is just about 10 days away, and economists are keeping their fingers crossed on what lies ahead. But their prescriptions are clear: fiscal consolidation, energy pricing reforms, and rationalisation of subsidies.
Firstpost's R Jagannathan talked to Indranil Pan, chief economist of Kotak Mahindra Bank, and his key prescriptions include moving towards diesel deregulation, and merging the MGNREGA (or NREGA) employment guarantee scheme and food subsidies into one composite, since the NREGA's "Keynesian" approach has outlived its utility.
According to Pan, it would be worthwhile checking if NREGA can be "subsumed" in the wider food security plan where the scheme can be used to build assets for the food security infrastructure.
Watch the whole Firstpost interview here.
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Updated Date: Jan 21, 2015 12:02:55 IST