A K Bhattacharya

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Capex Has Taken New Turn Under Sitharaman

Capex Has Taken New Turn Under Sitharaman

Rediff.com22 Jun 2022

The dividends for the economy from such a rapid rise in capital expenditure would be huge, observes A K Bhattacharya.

Will Modi Revive Farm Laws?

Will Modi Revive Farm Laws?

Rediff.com6 Apr 2022

But it would be unwise on the government's part not to heed the suggestions made by the experts group, set up by the Supreme Court, in particular the one on involving the states and giving them the flexibility in designing and implementing the farm laws, observes A K Bhattacharya.

3 Things To Note About The Budget

3 Things To Note About The Budget

Rediff.com16 Feb 2022

Budget for 2022-2023 has returned to its agenda for protectionism in the name of creating a self-reliant India, points out A K Bhattacharya.

GST Collections: No Cause For Elation

GST Collections: No Cause For Elation

Rediff.com3 Feb 2022

The broad trends of GST collections will make you wonder if indeed the biggest indirect tax reform in the country has led to a real improvement in revenues, notes A K Bhattacharya.

This Budget Is Harder Than Last Year's

This Budget Is Harder Than Last Year's

Rediff.com28 Jan 2022

The challenges before the coming Budget are more daunting than those in 2021, reveals A K Bhattacharya.

Covid Challenge: Managing The Spending Bulge

Covid Challenge: Managing The Spending Bulge

Rediff.com5 Jan 2022

If the Centre and states are keen on spending more to meet the COVID-19 challenges in the coming year, they must bear in mind the need to raise more resources through taxes and non-tax revenues, suggests A K Bhattacharya.

What will Nirmalaji do in her fourth Budget?

What will Nirmalaji do in her fourth Budget?

Rediff.com20 Dec 2021

The finance minister could well be on her way to setting a record of achieving the biggest single-year reduction in the government's fiscal deficit, explains A K Bhattacharya.

Farmers stir has changed politics and policy-making

Farmers stir has changed politics and policy-making

Rediff.com4 Dec 2021

The Centre's retreat from the farm laws is likely to have a significant bearing on the fate of laws that the Centre has made, for instance, in labour and electricity, predicts A K Bhattacharya.

What will Maharaj do after Maharaja is sold?

What will Maharaj do after Maharaja is sold?

Rediff.com25 Nov 2021

There is no reason for keeping an entire ministry with a total staff strength of 2,300, just for the oversight of a few aviation sector laws and regulatory bodies, notes A K Bhattacharya.

Time to BREAK IAS Stranglehold

Time to BREAK IAS Stranglehold

Rediff.com18 Nov 2021

The government must send out a clear signal that leadership positions at regulatory bodies are not a preserve of retired government officials, argues A K Bhattacharya.

How Centre is squeezing states' revenues

How Centre is squeezing states' revenues

Rediff.com12 Nov 2021

This may lead to the states' combined fiscal deficit to widen much faster, while the Centre may show a smaller or insignificant slippage in meeting its deficit target. The Centre will celebrate over its fiscal prudence, but the states would suffer, A K Bhattacharya points out.

Modi Must Fix His Problems With The States

Modi Must Fix His Problems With The States

Rediff.com5 Oct 2021

Given the many policy areas where the Centre and the states have not been seeing eye to eye in the last few years, it is time the Modi government convenes a meeting of the Inter-State Council, recommends A K Bhattacharya.

Modi Sarkar Isn't Allergic to Privatisation

Modi Sarkar Isn't Allergic to Privatisation

Rediff.com3 Sep 2021

But use of that word -- privatisation -- is not encouraged. This seems to be a classic case of reforms through subtle signals, observes A K Bhattacharya.

Reforms Need New Governance!

Reforms Need New Governance!

Rediff.com24 Aug 2021

Till such time that a new governance framework comes into being, the progress of reforms in health, education, land, labour, electricity and agriculture could remain fraught with problems, agitations and delays, observes A K Bhattacharya.

Do we need so many income tax staffers?

Do we need so many income tax staffers?

Rediff.com11 Aug 2021

The preliminary processing of tax returns is already undertaken with the help of technology. There is now greater scope of using more technology to reduce the human interface even further, notes A K Bhattacharya.

Shah, Sitharaman stand tall among ministers

Shah, Sitharaman stand tall among ministers

Rediff.com22 Jul 2021

Strengthening the portfolios of the home minister and the finance minister is a message that should not be missed, points out A K Bhattacharya.

30 Years Later, Rao-Singh's Reforms Endure

30 Years Later, Rao-Singh's Reforms Endure

Rediff.com13 Jul 2021

But their trajectory and direction have been largely influenced by politics and the political leadership's understanding of how the economy needs to be managed, explains A K Bhattacharya.

Time to revert to Rs 3.5 lakh as tax exemption limit?

Time to revert to Rs 3.5 lakh as tax exemption limit?

Rediff.com29 Jun 2021

Before 2019, an estimated 22 million individual income-tax returns did not have to pay any taxes. But after the change in the exemption level, another 13 million individual tax returns did not require to pay taxes. Thus, of about 58 million returns, as much as 63 per cent or 35 million went out of the direct tax net, A K Bhattacharya points out.

Explained: The Secrets of Mamata's Victory

Explained: The Secrets of Mamata's Victory

Rediff.com17 May 2021

The notion that the BJP gained its increased tally by wiping out the Left parties and the Congress is completely misleading. Equally misleading is the belief that the TMC held its ground in all its existing seats. A little more than a fifth of the seats Mamata Banerjee's party had won in 2016 was lost to the BJP this time.

The Puzzle of the GST Windfall in March

The Puzzle of the GST Windfall in March

Rediff.com21 Apr 2021

Any judgement on whether the March numbers reflect sustainable growth in GST collection should ideally await the numbers that will be out in May, points out A K Bhattacharya.

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