Uttam Gupta

Uttam Gupta

Bring transparency to the table

Bring transparency to the table

Saturday, 17 August 2019 | Uttam Gupta

Extra-budgetary resources translate to about 2.3 per cent of the GDP. Had they been included, the FD for 2018-19 would have been 5.7 instead of 3.4 per cent All through its tenure beginning 2014, the Modi Government demonstrated a high degree of sensitivity to millions of poor and downtrodden and spent...

Imperatives for a new India

Tuesday, 04 June 2019 | Uttam Gupta

Now that the BJP Government has received mandate for another term, will it will play hard ball and bring the much-needed reforms in crucial sectors? During his first term (2014-19), Prime Minister Modi focussed on governance reforms, cutting bureaucratic red tape, simplifying procedures, expediting approvals and ease of doing business. The...

Bridge the gap on patent rights

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 | Uttam Gupta

It’s unfortunate that the USTR, the US trade body, has put India on a ‘priority watch list' for intellectual property rights violations. For now, the rift appears too wide and requires adjustments by both sides. Protection of IP rights isn’t always inimical to public interest The US Trade Representative (USTR) has...

Direct action needed for direct benefits

Monday, 06 May 2019 | Uttam Gupta

In its present form, the fertiliser DBT scheme has many loopholes. In the interest of the farmers, the policy needs an overhaul so that they can put subsidy to best use and enhance fertiliser-use efficiency. Will the new Government have the will to do so? The Ministry of Finance and...

Incentivise, don’t destroy business

Thursday, 25 April 2019 | Uttam Gupta

The Government’s brazen attempt to increase the profits of MSMEs by letting them retain a good portion of tax collected from consumers is illogical The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has adopted a liberal stance towards small businesses, keeping in mind their potential to generate employment and increase workers’ income....

India’s sugar imbroglio

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 | Uttam Gupta

The Government’s irresistible desire to control sugar prices is doing much harm to the industry. Upholding market dynamics should be the way forward In the run-up to the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, the BJP had promised immediate payment of all sugarcane arrears (money that sugar mills owe...

Where are the funds?

Friday, 05 April 2019 | Uttam Gupta

The Congress has assured regular income for the poor but how will it identify the beneficiaries? And won’t the NYAY scheme burden the economy? During its over five decades of rule, the Congress institutionalised the culture of doles in the name of its much trumpeted garibi hatao (poverty alleviation) programme even as...

A case against shareholder interests

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 | Uttam Gupta

The idea floated by high-profile entrepreneurs, seeking dual-class share structure along with differential voting rights for founder-promoters of startups, is flawed. The Government must look for better ways to help small businesses An advocacy group, IndiaTech, representing some of the most high-profile entrepreneurs, has made a submission to the Ministry...

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18 August 2019 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Art for the soul

18 August 2019 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer