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Shivaji Sarkar

State-specific healthcare model

Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The public-private partnership approach is a suggestion forwarded by Niti Aayog to tackle the problems of the primary medical sector. But it is unlikely to work Health has remained an issue for decades in India. The out-of-pocket expenses, the euphemism for increasing individual spending on seeking health assistance are all eroding...

Striking right balance for GST roll-out

Thursday, 29 Jun 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Edit

Goods and Services Tax in its present form is not the end. It’s a beginning of genuine future reforms. One hopes the dream of ‘one economic India’ will come true eventually India’s internal trade gross domestic product (GDP) ratio, at about 54 per cent, is comparable to that in other large...

Framing benevolent agri-policy

Friday, 23 Jun 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Big Story

Should we not give farm loan waivers? Is it not a queer logic against political wisdom? The Uttar Pradesh Government has waived Rs36,000 crore worth loans. Now, farmers in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are up in arms. There are forces which are trying to cash in on this. The total...

Bridge that’s no longer too far

Tuesday, 06 Jun 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The recently inaugurated country’s longest bridge linking Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will have many positives for the economic development of the North-East, the country’s strategic interests, and trade relations with neighbouring nations The North-East (N-E) is the new engine of growth, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while inaugurating the longest, 9.15...

Seizing the advantage now

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

Market is favourable for India with the boom in youth population, appreciation of rupee and reduction in oil prices. It’s time to build upon the formal sector India remains among the world’s hotspots and the growth in 2018 to touch 7.5 per cent, says the United Nations Economic and Social Survey...

For rapid growth and cleaner India

Sunday, 14 May 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Guest Column

Even considering programmes such as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Government can do better in providing citizens with affordable basic amenities India is one of the fastest growing markets. Low data tariffs are pushing smart TVs and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has predicted a higher growth of 7.2 to 7.6...

Not allowing smallest speak makes the corrupt happy

Sunday, 23 Apr 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Guest Column

The culture of suppressing voices has cost the nation. This is what happened with Tej Bahadur, the BSF constable, who was sacked for having spoken the truth. Is doing so, in a supposedly ‘disciplined' force, a crime? T he dismissal of a Border Security Force (BSF) constable, Tej Bahadur Yadav, for...

Loan waiver is not only solution

Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The Uttar Pradesh Government has made a good beginning to elevate the misery of the farming community. Other States too may follow suit. But this may not be enough. A long-term solution to the farmers' financing and marketing is needed Indian farmers are in distress. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s...

One GST, but many taxes still

Monday, 27 Mar 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The GST was aimed at having a uniform rate. Even now NCR has rates different from that in Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. This will continue. The consumer may not get any relief. He may have to actually pay a higher price The indirect taxes are likely to come down as...

Caste, religion politics rejected

Monday, 20 Mar 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Oped

The massive victories have laden the BJP-led Governments with heavy responsibilities. They now have to ensure the growth of all States, particularly Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. These would be showpieces for the country. The faster they do it, the better The Indian politico-socio system is complex. The recent five State...


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