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Modi's ambitious privatisation plans have few takers

Modi's ambitious privatisation plans have few takers

Rediff.com28 Dec 2022

It was touted as a game changer but big-ticket privatisation has been a mixed bag as the government faces unanticipated challenges of lukewarm investor response, employee union agitation and legal hurdles. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's often-repeated statement 'the government has no business to be in business' guided the drawing up of an ambitious privatisation pipeline. While Air India sale succeeded, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) divestment failed.

Trade pact with Israel 'only when we get a good deal', says Goyal

Trade pact with Israel 'only when we get a good deal', says Goyal

Rediff.com7 Sep 2022

The proposed India-Israel trade pact should be beneficial to both nations and until New Delhi gets a good deal, it would not do an agreement, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said. India and Israel are negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) since May 2010. "With Israel, until we get a good deal, we will not do an FTA. It has to be reciprocally beneficial," the minister said in San Francisco on Tuesday while interacting with the Indian community.

Trade pact with Israel 'only when we get a good deal', says Goyal

Trade pact with Israel 'only when we get a good deal', says Goyal

Rediff.com7 Sep 2022

The proposed India-Israel trade pact should be beneficial to both nations and until New Delhi gets a good deal, it would not do an agreement, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said. India and Israel are negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) since May 2010. "With Israel, until we get a good deal, we will not do an FTA. It has to be reciprocally beneficial," the minister said in San Francisco on Tuesday while interacting with the Indian community.

India keen to take international trade to $2 trn by 2030: Goyal

India keen to take international trade to $2 trn by 2030: Goyal

Rediff.com7 Sep 2022

India's goods and services exports have already crossed $675 billion in last fiscal year and the country is now aspiring to take international trade to $2 trillion by 2030, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has said. Interacting with faculty, researchers, and students at the Stanford University here, Goyal also said by the time India would celebrate the 100th anniversary of its independence, it would be a $30 trillion economy. "...by 2047-2050 period, when India would be completing 100 years of Independence, we will be at least a $30 trillion economy on a business as usual scenario and possibly a $35-45 trillion economy if some of the aggressive plans that the government is putting together work well.

Airlines told to share international fliers' PNR with customs

Airlines told to share international fliers' PNR with customs

Rediff.com9 Aug 2022

With this, India joins 60 other countries that collect PNR details of international passengers.

Shipping Corp, BPCL among CPSEs to be privatised in FY23

Shipping Corp, BPCL among CPSEs to be privatised in FY23

Rediff.com3 Feb 2022

The 2022-23 Budget has projected a disinvestment target of Rs 65,000 crore for next financial year. This is significantly lower than the estimated Rs 1.75 lakh crore budgeted for 2021-22. In the revised estimates, the target for 2021-22 has been cut to Rs 78,000 crore.

2021: A year of many firsts for the revenue dept

2021: A year of many firsts for the revenue dept

Rediff.com23 Dec 2021

A record GST tax collection, an overhaul of the income tax return filing portal and the landmark move to scrap retrospective taxation have set the stage for the next level of reforms in tax administration that include bringing a framework for cryptocurrencies and rationalising the GST rate structure. With tax reforms such as faceless assessment taking roots, 2021 will go down as the year that pivoted the tax administration in a country aspiring to become the world's favourite investment destination. The task ahead is going to be a tough one as the tax department would grapple with taxing cryptocurrencies, rationalising Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates to shore up revenues and post June 2022, the scenario of how the GST revenue plays out for states without the Centre's support of compensation.

Why Air Indias' privatisation sailed & BPCL's is dragging on

Why Air Indias' privatisation sailed & BPCL's is dragging on

Rediff.com19 Dec 2021

Changing tracks helps. But, not taking the beaten path isn't always helpful. This is the story of two of India's biggest privatisations - Air India and Bharat Petroleum (BPCL). Nearly two decades after the last privatisation, a landmark divestment concluded this year when the loss-making national carrier Air India was sold to the Tatas.

PM-CARES to foot over 80% cost of phase 1 of vaccination drive

PM-CARES to foot over 80% cost of phase 1 of vaccination drive

Rediff.com2 Feb 2021

The PM-CARES fund, which has been set up to provide relief during the coronavirus pandemic, has contributed over Rs 2,200 crore for the first phase of vaccination drive, which is looking to inoculate frontline healthcare workers, the Expenditure Secretary said on Tuesday.

India's tax pie gets altered because of pandemic

India's tax pie gets altered because of pandemic

Rediff.com4 Jan 2021

India's tax pie seems to have undergone a subtle change with a sharp drop in direct tax collections resulting from a disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 carnage on incomes. The share of indirect taxes, which mainly comprise of levy on goods and services as well as import duty, has risen while that of direct taxes - made up of corporate and personal income tax - has gone down in 2020. In an interview with PTI, finance secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey said in a pandemic like this where the economy has been impacted, any large scale changes impact direct taxes more severely, whereas indirect tax collection is mostly proportional to business turnover and compliance.

GST: From 'Gabbar Singh Tax' to a strong tax-compliance tool

GST: From 'Gabbar Singh Tax' to a strong tax-compliance tool

Rediff.com27 Dec 2018

The opposition parties vehemently criticised the new 'one nation, one tax' system having four different rates instead of a single rate adopted in some countries including the UK and Singapore.

From 227 items to 50! Sin, luxury goods to face 28% GST

From 227 items to 50! Sin, luxury goods to face 28% GST

Rediff.com11 Nov 2017

Goods like chocolates, chewing gum, shampoo, deodorant, shoe polish, detergents, nutrition drinks and marble will now attract 18% GST>

Foodgrains, cereals, milk to be cheaper under GST

Foodgrains, cereals, milk to be cheaper under GST

Rediff.com18 May 2017

The GST rates for all but six items were finalised at the first day of the two-day meeting of the GST Council, headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising state representatives.

FM Jaitley, Pak minister share cold vibes at global meet

FM Jaitley, Pak minister share cold vibes at global meet

Rediff.com6 May 2017

Frosty Indo-Pak relations after the beheading of Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops were on full display in Yokohama, Japan.

Oppn-ruled states get Centre to delete 3 GST minutes

Oppn-ruled states get Centre to delete 3 GST minutes

Rediff.com18 Feb 2017

In a first, Opposition-ruled states on Saturday got the Centre to delete from the records three minutes of the last GST Council meeting that provided for tweaking of agreed criteria for division of taxpayers under the Goods and Service Tax regime.

FM says Indian economy to touch $5 tn in few years. Do you agree?

FM says Indian economy to touch $5 tn in few years. Do you agree?

Rediff.com2 Jun 2016

India, he said, has opened up its markets and stepped up public investment including in the infrastructure space and is concentrating a lot on boosting expenditure to improve the quality of rural life

India Inc backs second term for Rajan

India Inc backs second term for Rajan

Rediff.com2 Jun 2016

"I think the Governor has been doing a great job for the country and we would certainly see it as a very positive move if he were reappointed," Naushad Forbes, president, CII.

Economy on 'upward curve', monsoon, GST to push growth: Jaitley

Economy on 'upward curve', monsoon, GST to push growth: Jaitley

Rediff.com1 Jun 2016

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the country is on an "upward curve" and a good monsoon, GST passage and increased infra and rural spending will further accelerate the growth.

An upbeat Jaitley woos Japanese investors; promises tax reforms

An upbeat Jaitley woos Japanese investors; promises tax reforms

Rediff.com31 May 2016

Jaitley said a very large number of reforms have taken place over the last few years and that has helped in restoring the credibility of the Indian economy

Jaitley tries to soothe frayed nerves of global automakers

Jaitley tries to soothe frayed nerves of global automakers

Rediff.com30 May 2016

Ban on large diesel vehicles a transient phase, says Jaitley

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