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Goal Setting for Indian Agriculture -Ashok Gulati & Pritha Banerjee

-Economic and Political Weekly Though the 16-point action plan for agriculture laid down in the 2020 Union Budget continues prioritising subsidies and safety nets over agricultural investments, it does not make any fundamental improvements in the allocations towards these heads. Please click here to access the article. ...

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A Low Growth, No Employment and No Hope Budget for ‘Aspirational India’ -KP Kannan

-Economic and Political Weekly The Union Budget of 2020 is conspicuous by its non-recognition of the ongoing and widely discussed slowdown of the economy, let alone its impact on the different sections of the people. Given the negative growth in employment and consumption in the rural economy, the budget seems like a cruel joke on the plight of the poor, in general, and women, in particular. Instead of measures for boosting...

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Union Budget 2020-21: An expert's guide to rural distress -Jitendra

-Down to Earth Nirmala Sitharaman's Budget has all the ingredients to deepen India’s farm crisis These are desperate times for India. Rural unemployment was at a 45-year-high while consumption expenditure of rural families fell 9 per cent between 2011-12 and 2017-18, according to a report by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), which the government never released but got leaked to the media in November 2019. Between 2011-12 and 2015-16, the income of farmers...

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Union Budget 'moves away' from Right to Education, 1.3 lakh schools closed down -Aparajita Sharma It was a shocking reply by the Union human resource development minister to a question raised in Parliament on closure of schools in a country where lakhs of children are still out of school. On December 2, the minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, told Lok Sabha that the NITI Aayog’s education project, Sath-E, has led to 35,996 schools of different levels being merged in Madhya Pradesh, 4,312 in Jharkhand and 1,803...

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Finance Ministry secretly corrects 14 data discrepancies in Budget 2020 after India Today seeks answers -Mukesh Rawat's analysis found that Union Budget 2020 had at least 14 data discrepancies regarding allocations for the Department of Health and Family Welfare. When we sought a clarification, the Finance Ministry secretly corrected them without replying to our mail. * There were 14 data discrepancies in Expenditure Budget for Dept of Health & Family Welfare * These were between the PDF and Excel files uploaded by Finance Ministry on budget's official website *...

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