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The claims of India becoming protectionist are unfounded: Ajay Bhushan Pandey

The problem arising out of FTAs will be looked at by the commerce ministry, says Ajay Bhushan Pandey.

Targets are realistic and achievable

Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg says the revenue assumptions in the budget are sound and expenditure has been kept in ...

Budget 2019 gives direction for aspirational India

The Budget takes upon itself the task of concentrating, in the next five years, on a ‘tap for every home’.

Why Budget 2019 could be a gamechanger

While market reaction has been subdued, I believe the approach will result in longterm benefits.

Focused reforms show the way forward: Arvind Virmani, former CEA

The ratings given by Arvind Virmani are starkly different for Part A and B of Friday's Budget.

View: Economic revival could take longer than expected

Despite the calls for privatisation of public sector banks, the Budget actually tries to strengthen them by substantially inc...

View: Credible intentions and matching action to pave way for new India

Housing finance companies would henceforth be regulated by the RBI which, we feel, would ensure better regulation and level p...

Thrust on structural reforms will go a long way in shaping India

The budget lays the foundation for sustainable development by encouraging agri-based renewable energy, green mobility.

Infra and institutional initiatives to drive farm transformation

Total allocations for agriculture and allied sector in the budget have been increased to Rs 1,51,500 crore, from Rs 86,600 cr...

Sitharaman bets on easier credit not fiscal boost for faster growth

It was protectionist and inward-looking, seeking to reduce import dependence rather than increasing exports.

Surcharge on entire tax liability to make the wealthy shell out more

Surcharge on entire tax liability to make the wealthy shell out more

While several countries, including Scandinavia, Australia, South Africa and China, have even higher rates, they also have soc...

Change in basic customs duties to boost Make in India

Change in basic customs duties to boost Make in India

The aim is to emerge as an attractive investment destination for companies looking to diversify manufacturing operations from...

View: Disinvestment will provide greater fiscal space for government

View: Disinvestment will provide greater fiscal space for government

As is evident from the experiences of China, Taiwan and South Korea, the core ingredients that can enable 8-9% growth are mai...

View: Budget scores high on promises, low on numbers

View: Budget scores high on promises, low on numbers

The budget makes a lot of promises — electrifying rural India, gargantuan infra projects, incentives for startups & MSMEs. Th...

Budget 2019: All-round benefits for industry and consumer will boost consumption and push economic activity

Budget 2019: All-round benefits for industry and consumer will boost consumption and push economic activity

Recognising the importance of the non-banking financial company (NBFC) sector in India’s growth is a positive signal.

No direct measure, but can feel-good spur private investment?

No direct measure, but can feel-good spur private investment?

The finance minister has charted the right course for economic growth to be back on track. But much will depend on how well t...

View: Budget speech was long on vision, but short on detail

View: Budget speech was long on vision, but short on detail

Sitharaman’s speech was long on vision, political direction, and intent, but short on detail.

Modi sarkar's second spell continues with reforms: Sunil Bharti Mittal

Modi sarkar's second spell continues with reforms: Sunil Bharti Mittal

The budget sets the right goals in infrastructure and housing, to spur the economy and create more jobs.

Emphasis on ‘gaon, gareeb aur kisan’ will make the economy more inclusive

Emphasis on ‘gaon, gareeb aur kisan’ will make the economy more inclusive

The demographic dividend has been leveraged with a focus on higher and technical education, with an aim to make India a globa...

A ‘boring’ Budget spells continuity, stability

A ‘boring’ Budget spells continuity, stability

FM Sitharaman has adhered to continuity and signalled reforms in debt & corporate bond markets

View: Opening the gates for a foreign-funded India growth

View: Opening the gates for a foreign-funded India growth

There is a clear effort to improve capital market mechanisms to ensure that sluices are unclogged.

Budget 2019: Budget a pack of competing goals amidst slower growth, says Moody's

Budget 2019: Budget a pack of competing goals amidst slower growth, says Moody's

The government will have to rely on one-off revenue such as disinvestments and transfers from the central bank, and off-budge...

ET View: Budget fails the reform test on import duties

ET View: Budget fails the reform test on import duties

Those thinking small and of making a fast buck would lobby strongly for zero import duty on their inputs and protection for t...

ET View: Now act on governance reforms in banks

ET View: Now act on governance reforms in banks

Thanks to recapitalisation and the working of the bankruptcy code, banks on the mend.

Swami's first reaction: No bold step, no vision; at best an incremental Budget

Swami's first reaction: No bold step, no vision; at best an incremental Budget

Aiyar expressed uneasiness over what he called a very high disinvestment target.

Budget 2019: Will Sitharaman's budgetary allocation be dictated by prevailing economic conditions?

Budget 2019: Will Sitharaman's budgetary allocation be dictated by prevailing economic conditions?

There is excess capacity in the manufacturing sector. Agriculture and construction are not performing either.

How Sitharaman can make her Budget impressive

How Sitharaman can make her Budget impressive

A perusal of Budget speeches over years shows gradual shift of focus from fiscal to politico-economic issues.

Budget must outline more banking reforms

Budget must outline more banking reforms

Govt must ownership of all banks in a single holding company and leave it to appoint the PSB boards.

Tax loopholes Budget 2019 must plug

Tax loopholes Budget 2019 must plug

The Budget 2019 must pay heed to suggestions made by various committees in the past on tax laws.

Budget 2019: Why Sitharaman doesn't have much leeway on fiscal deficit

Budget 2019: Why Sitharaman doesn't have much leeway on fiscal deficit

While the need for stimulating growth is paramount, there is a limit to which fiscal deficit may be stretched.

A $190 billion clean-up needed as Modi looks for growth booster

A $190 billion clean-up needed as Modi looks for growth booster

Modi is being forced to focus on the economy after the slowest expansion in five years.

View: 2019 could be Sitharaman's opportunity to make history

View: 2019 could be Sitharaman's opportunity to make history

The time has come for getting to grips with the reality of a slowdown, and finding new avenues of growth.

View: Before big reforms understand Modi govt's politics, optics and tactics

View: Before big reforms understand Modi govt's politics, optics and tactics

The government view and experts’ view on the economy may be quite different.

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