Whether it is food, or fuel or fertilisers - the 3Fs for the FM - the subsidy bill has, through benign political neglect, burgeoned into something frightening over the last eight years.
If food can't be touched due to its political sensitivity, setting right the fiscal deficit - which is the fourth frightening 'F' in the equation - needs reform in fertiliser and fuel pricing.
In fertiliser, clearly the nutrient-based subsidy reform needs to get to urea, and in fuel, diesel price deregulation is an important change to make.
Firstpost talked to several economists and asked them how the government should tackle this tricky issue.
Updated Date: Jan 21, 2015 12:00 PM