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In a reasoned and realistic Budget, the Finance Minister missed a couple of tricks while reducing the income tax rate for the first slab and the corporate tax rate for small companies    
 

Budget balances imperatives of economic growth with requirements of equity in a time of global recession.

 
The boost in consumption will provide the fast-pace growth that will help make up for the slow speed of structural reforms like GST and demonetization  
 

India needs an active strategy to expand its manufactured exports to Africa and its ailing manufacturing sector really can’t afford to miss this golden chance, writes Malancha Chakrabarty for South Asia Monitor.

 

MGNREGS has to cover significant ground to evolve as an effective demand driven asset creating public work programme

 

Since the macro fundamentals are a lot more stable than they were a few years ago, the government can now concentrate on structural reforms

 

Economic Survey’s hesitations are both refreshing and disturbing

 

Government could have undone the damage of demonetisation through the budget. The opportunity has been missed in deference to the whims of global finance.

 

A centralised Public Sector Asset Rehabilitation Agency (PARA) could help over-leveraged corporates and bad-loan encumbered banks.

 

In today’s globalised economy, trade cannot be a one-way track. It would be appropriate if Tamil Nadu traders would reconsider their decision to stop the sale of Coca Cola and Pepsi and take a balanced view in the matter, writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor

 


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