What compelled a group of leading economists from India and abroad to shoot a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the government’s job scheme – the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act or NREGA?
There could be an entire laundry list of what the government should do to put India back on the path of 9 percent plus growth, but these are the most critical fundamental ones, which will cover other measures and address some of the fundamental problems facing the country.<br />
A large constituency of people has been blaming the wage guarantee programme started by the previous UPA regime for the rise in rural wages. According to some critics, this is leading to a wide variety of issues, including some loss to the productive sectors.<br />
More scams happened during UPA because there is a link between funnelling money to the poor and corruption. In crony socialism, more businessmen are seeing the insides of jail than ever before
The RBI survey covers only urban households, while the real problem may lie in rural inflationary expectations - which is where incremental food demand may be skewing the picture.
The problem really is with the definition of 'poor'. Common perception is that there are always political undertones when we try to show that the country has become prosperous while critics argue that the criteria are questionable. How can this be resolved?<br />
The UPA got food inflation into an intractable mess. Jaitley can reverse its policies. He could make a start by releasing excess food stocks held by the government to bring down open market prices.
Many UPA schemes were well-intentioned plans marred by execution in bad faith. From all his utterances it is clear that Modi has identified the trouble area and he is keen on going the extra mile to address it.
Congress is hardly getting any praise for this ahead of the 2014 elections and in the minds of rural voters, DMK and AIADMK are the ones responsible for NREGA.
Bench headed by the Chief Justice dismissed a batch of petitions including that of UP govt. challenging the Allahabad HC verdict for CBI probe into the alleged irregularities
While recalling his earlier correspondence to the Chief Minister, in a fresh letter issued yesterday, Ramesh stressed on the necessity for a CBI probe into funds misappropriation in seven districts including Balrampur, Gonda, Mahoba,
Union Minister Jairam Ramesh has shot off another letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav seeking early implementation of the Allahabad High Court order on CBI inquiry into misappropriation of funds under the NREGA.
The next election is about change, and right now there are many torch-bearers for the idea, Modi and Kejriwal among them. Whose idea has the time come for?
The Congress vice-president must rethink his speeches. He needs to bring these down to the level of the common man if he wants to make any impact.
The word 'free' corrupts the common man. It is the root cause of corruption not only in India, globally too. Free offers render an economy and its people uncompetitive. In the long term, such an economy will decline.
According to the the report card, the government launched 16 flagship programmes in both rural and urban areas during the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12), and fund allocation for them has been more than double for the 12th Five Year Plan period which began from April 2012.<br /><br />
Sagarika Ghose's questions range from what will happen to the MNREGA and FDI in retail after he comes to power.
The subtle changes in the Congress strategy reveal its renewed desire to put up a tough fight. It also shows the HQ has read out the riot act fearing a loss.
Rahul has lost the mantle of youth icon to Narendra Modi. But none of the media pundits' advice is going to help him get it back.
The Congress Party's policies are not disastrous just for Dalits. They are bad for any deprived individual or community which is looking for quick upward mobility.