Uttam Gupta

Uttam Gupta

Saving fertiliser subsidy with DBT

Saving fertiliser subsidy with DBT

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 | Uttam Gupta

The Government should stop routing subsidies through manufacturers and give these as direct benefit transfer Splurge in fertiliser subsidy in the last three years is giving jitters to policy makers, especially the Union finance ministry, which has to foot the bills. Fertiliser subsidy amounts to payments made to manufacturers or importers...

WTO MC-12: Deft handling by India

WTO MC-12: Deft handling by India

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 | Uttam Gupta

While it was advantage developed countries all the way, India was able to avoid more harm to its interests At the World Trade Organization (WTO), even as all decisions are taken by consensus and every member country has equal voice, when it comes to actual confabulations, there are glaring inequalities. The...

Govt faces a dilemma over e-commerce

Govt faces a dilemma over e-commerce

Saturday, 18 June 2022 | Uttam Gupta

Any tweak in policy will upset foreign investors, while the status quo will hurt small traders Ever since Indian retail was opened to foreign direct investment (FDI)—albeit through the so-called marketplace model in 2016—foreign giants like Amazon and Walmart-owned-Flipkart have been embroiled in protracted legal battles. In a public interest litigation (PIL)...

RBI hikes repo rate but more is needed

RBI hikes repo rate but more is needed

Monday, 13 June 2022 | Uttam Gupta

While there is no guarantee that the RR hike will tame inflation, we can’t rule out the risks to growth Normally, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) conducts a review once in every two months based on which the RBI makes policy announcements at the beginning...

Fuel tax cuts: Easier said than done

Fuel tax cuts: Easier said than done

Wednesday, 08 June 2022 | Uttam Gupta

It would be fair to keep the fuel tax rates in a lower slab, say, 18 per cent, but the Centre and States would start wobbling at the very idea To rein in the inflationary pressure, on May 21, 2022, the Narendra Modi Government announced reduction in the central excise duty...

The policy flip-flop on wheat exports

The policy flip-flop on wheat exports

Tuesday, 31 May 2022 | Uttam Gupta

Obtrusive controls on food supply and distribution are a major constraint on exports. They aren't also good for India's fiscal health In the backdrop of increase in international price of wheat (courtesy, Ukraine crisis) early this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had exhorted that India can help meet the global requirements...

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Tuesday, 24 May 2022 | Uttam Gupta

Among other things, free discoms from State control, allow them to set tariff for all consumers and permit private firms into the distribution business  Faced with an acute power crisis caused amongst others by sudden spurt in power demand in this  season, the Modi Government has fired all cylinders to tackle the...

Food politics hits subsidy reforms

Food politics hits subsidy reforms

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 | Uttam Gupta

The Government should look at ways for pruning subsidy. Indeed, there is an unprecedented scope for it The Union Government has extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) for a further period of six months till September 30, 2022. Having already spent over Rs 260,000 crore during the first...

State Editions

Floods wreak havoc in Jajpur

17 August 2022 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Daleighai flows above danger mark

17 August 2022 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Flood threat: K’pada admn on its toes

17 August 2022 | RAJESH BEHERA | Bhubaneswar

Youth hacked by miscreants in city

17 August 2022 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Odia girl Saina WIM title winner

17 August 2022 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Book on Integrated Legal Monitoring unveiled

17 August 2022 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Sunday Edition

talktime | ‘I am working to step out of my comfort zone’

14 August 2022 | SUPRIYA RAMESH | Sunday Pioneer

Master Strokes ‘22

14 August 2022 | Pioneeer | Sunday Pioneer

Making a mark

14 August 2022 | SONALI CHAUDHARI | Sunday Pioneer

Read a lot, knowledge never goes waste: Faraaz Kazi

14 August 2022 | Pioneer | Sunday Pioneer

Chick flick New York Se Miami is a fun watch

14 August 2022 | Pioneer | Sunday Pioneer

Be the best version of yourself: Dr Amit Talukdar

14 August 2022 | Pioneer | Sunday Pioneer