This government has broken most of its promises from past budgets. This budget is a tool of political expediency. 2019 is coming. What matters now is rhetoric, not governance.
This budget puts forward ad-hoc and temporary solutions to deep, structural problems. It undermines fiscal responsibility. This cannot end well.
The Budget presented by the government of India is an annual ritual that millions of people tune in to. What was the 2018 budget like? Pavan Srinath and Pranay Kotasthane, staff writers of Pragati, join Amit Varma to offer their quick analysis, and to supplement the budget coverage at Pragati.
बजट पर इतना बावलापन क्यों? अगर आप बजट बनाते तो क्या नया करते? सुनिये कुछ विचार पुलियाबाज़ी के इस एपिसोड में।
The budget has morphed from an instrument of command and control to a rent-seeking and vote-gathering circus.
This budget continues the trend of not giving enough importance to foreign policy.
This budget does nothing to address the biggest problem that this country faces.
Virtually no funds have been allocated towards the health protection scheme that the government announced. It is just a gimmick for the elections.
The union government needs to provide untied budgetary support to empower Indian cities.
Defence pensions and salaries have become too bloated. We need to downsize the army.
The government had promised to use the insights of behavioural economics to shape public policy. This budget revealed no signs of it.