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Opinion: Bornali Bhandari and Laxmi Joshi.  Small farmers lack access to tools, as the tractor-dominated farm machinery sector suffers from demand, supply constraints India is simply not producing the sort of farm machinery that our small and marginal farmers want or can readily use at a price which appeals to them. Farm machinery comprises equipment...   Read More


  • Unlocking India’s solar potential: Phased restrictions on solar inputs will allow redressal of land, labour & capital constraints

    Opinion: Prerna Prabhakar & Divy Rangan Budget FY23 has extended support to the solar energy sector on enhancing domestic production capacity with an additional allocation of Rs 19500 crore in the form of Production-Linked Incentives (PLIs). Budget FY23 signals fast-paced movement towards India’s renewable energy target of 450 GW by 2030 60% of which is...   Read More

  • How RBI’s status quo on key policy rates is appropriate for India

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta With the bond yields rising all around the world and credit rating agencies and foreign investors starting to discriminate across emerging markets laying down a fiscal pathway will help bolster their confidence in the strength of the Indian economy and in its key policy frameworks to yield stable policies for robust economic...   Read More

  • Crypto tax: A laudable move but government should engage in meaningful deliberations with stakeholders

    Opinion: Sudipto Banerjee To put the prevailing apprehensions at rest the Modi government should hold talks with all stakeholders both on the taxability of virtual digital assets and their future legal position in India Union Budgets are known for making news. With the recent Budget announcement India joins the league of nations that have brought cryptocurrencies...   Read More

  • Budget steers clear of drama in complex economic environment

    Opinion: Poonam Gupta While many observers had expected it to be an 'election budget' it turns out that it has skirted populism. It provides continuity in terms of adhering to the policy pathway this government has laid out in the last few years. Budget 2022-23 is a comprehensive and transparent budget reflecting confidence in economic...   Read More

  • Will a legally binding MSP deliver?

    Opinion: C Rangarajan & Shashanka Bhide Reliance on MSP alone won’t ensure food security or improve farm income. It must be backed by fair and competitive markets. The discussion over agricultural price policies has now been very extensive and the pressures for arriving at a key framework for such a policy has been intensified by the...   Read More

  • How India can give a boost to biofuels

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit Rather than bank on crop residue and used oilseeds the focus must shift to a few feedstock crops to produce biofuels India’s transportation sector contributes about 10 per cent of total national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Out of which road transportation contributes about 87 per cent of the total emissions. Clearly achieving net...   Read More

  • Towards doubling farmers’ income

    Opinion: Tarujyoti Buragohain The government can take surer strides towards increasing agricultural households’ income if it were to guarantee more than 100 days of work under the MGNREGA and invest more in supporting livestock farming an analysis of SAS data shows. Prime minister Narendra Modi  had made a mention of his dream to see farmers’ income...   Read More

  • Will Omicron make Indians stay home? Data on how much they socialise offers a clue

    Opinion: D. L. Wankhar and Palash Baruah Data reveals that the poor dedicate more time — about 142 minutes — to social and community activities higher than the average time spent by the overall population. As Omicron looms large and we go into a new phase of restrictions on socialising it is important to understand why...   Read More

  • Will 2022 see a painful end to the bonhomie between the Centre and RBI?

    Opinion: Mythili Bhusnurmath The jugalbandi between RBI and GoI went well beyond the blurring of traditional boundaries that we saw elsewhere in the world to something close to an exchange of roles. We saw government act like a conservative central bank holding tight on to its purse strings even as RBI acted like a populist government...   Read More

  • E-buses not a great idea for India

    Opinion: Sanjib Pohit The batteries would require frequent charging. Trolley buses quite similar to trams are a better option. With commitment of net zero emission by 2070 India is on a war footing to reduce her carbon footprint in all sector of economy. As transport sector is a big emitter of GHG emission due to...   Read More

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