Uttam Gupta

Uttam Gupta

Stopping thieving through DBT

Stopping thieving through DBT

Wednesday, 15 May 2024 | Uttam Gupta

A lot of pilfering from fertiliser subsidies is happening due to policy flaws. This can be curbed if only the subsidy is given under Direct Benefit Transfer On January 22, 2019, addressing NRIs and Indian-origin people at the inauguration of the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Prime...

Debunking claims of fiscal discrimination

Debunking claims of fiscal discrimination

Monday, 25 March 2024 | Uttam Gupta

Opposition-ruled States, especially southern States, have raised concerns about discriminatory treatment in the current system of fiscal resource sharing between the Centre and the States Various Opposition-ruled States especially from south India have complained of ‘discrimination’ and ‘unfair’ treatment under the present scheme of sharing financial resources between the Union Government...

Rationalise and simplify GST

Rationalise and simplify GST

Wednesday, 20 March 2024 | Uttam Gupta

The GST Council has to make crucial decisions regarding inclusion of petroleum products and streamlining tax slabs to fortify the robustness of the GST system A Group of Ministers (GoM) set up by the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Council is currently reviewing the new tax regime with a focus on...

The practice of offering freebies must stop

The practice of offering freebies must stop

Monday, 11 March 2024 | Uttam Gupta

Not too long ago, poll freebies used to be an exception. But now it has become a norm with almost every other party promising it Barely a week before the Election Commission of India (ECI) is set to announce the schedule for the polls for Lok Sabha elections when the Code...

WTO deadlock over agricultural subsidies

WTO deadlock over agricultural subsidies

Wednesday, 06 March 2024 | Uttam Gupta

At the WTO Ministerial Conference, India stood firm on its stance on public stock-holding programme, drawing strong opposition from the developed countries The 13th ministerial conference (MC) of WTO (World Trade Organisation) held on February 26-29, 2024 in Abu Dhabi has ended in a deadlock. This is because India leads about...

MSP methodology and farmer demands

MSP methodology and farmer demands

Saturday, 02 March 2024 | Uttam Gupta

Questions arise about the rationale and implications of adopting Dr Swaminathan's proposed methodology for MSP calculation Co-terminus with the legal guarantee for Minimum Support Price (MSP) for all crops, another demand raised by the farmers relates to how the MSP is fixed. They want it to be calculated based on the...

Farmers' demands are impractical and unrealistic

Farmers' demands are impractical and unrealistic

Monday, 19 February 2024 | Uttam Gupta

The farmers want the Govt to withdraw from the WTO and all Free Trade Agreements, which is next to impossible in a globally interdependent world After three years of hibernation, farmers mostly from Punjab are back on the roads with over a dozen demands from the Union Government. If taken on...

Balancing welfare and fiscal responsibility

Balancing welfare and fiscal responsibility

Thursday, 15 February 2024 | Uttam Gupta

The Centre should go for a complete overhaul of its food subsidy programme. It should exclude from the beneficiaries’ list those who are better off Seen in the backdrop of 250 million persons coming out of poverty during the last nine-and-a-half years of incumbent government (as per a recent report released...

State Editions

Modi to hold rally to drum up support for BJP picks

22 May 2024 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

Kejriwal raps Shah over Pakistan remark

22 May 2024 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

Kejriwal master of lies: BJP

22 May 2024 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

Mayoral polls in limbo despite CM out on bail

22 May 2024 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

Sunday Edition

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