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Economic Survey: Focus on subsidy is Budget highlight: PwC

-MoneyControl.com The Survey calls for a re-prioritization of expenditure especially in the subsidy front by cutting down the subsidy bill in case of Oil and Fertilizer and by increasing the efficiency of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) and Direct Benefit transfer.  “The Survey calls for a re-prioritization of expenditure especially in the subsidy front by cutting down the subsidy bill in case of Oil and Fertilizer and by increasing the efficiency of...

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Agriculture sector performs well

-The Hindu Despite agriculture and allied activities accounting for only 14.1 per cent of the GDP in 2011-12, the Economic Survey recognises the sector’s role in the country’s economy as ‘much bigger’ with its share in total employment being as high as 58.2 per cent. Fast agriculture growth and reforms in the sector remain vital for jobs, income and Food Security, the Survey notes, while reinforcing the need for setting the growth...

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Budget 2013-14: Rs. 1,000 crore each for women, youth funds

-The Hindu   "To the women of India - we have a collective responsibility to ensure the dignity and safety of women. Recent incidents have cast a long dark shadow on our credentials. As more women enter public spaces...there are more reports of violence against them. We stand in solidarity with our girl children. We pledge to everything possible to keep them swcure. A number of measures are in the works...

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Union Budget 2013: Food Bill a promise of the UPA government, says Chidambaram

-NDTV Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has earmarked Rs. 10,000 crore as incremental cost to implement the Food Security Bill, which he described as a promise of the UPA government. A centrepiece of the ruling government's campaign in 2009, the Bill was cleared last month by a parliamentary committee. The Bill says 75 per cent of the rural population and 50 per cent of the poor in urban India - about 800 million people...

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Economic Survey 2012-13 highlights

-IANS Highlights of the Economic Survey 2012-13 tabled in parliament by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Wednesday. * GDP growth to remain between 6.1 percent to 6.7 percent in 2013-14 * WPI inflation to moderate in the range of 6.2 percent to 6.6 percent * Economy estimated to grow at 5 percent in 2012-13 after growing by 6.2 percent in previous year * Poor show of services sector contributed significantly to slowdown * Global as well as...

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