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Budget 2019: Social services sector gets major boost

A sum of Rs 29,000 crore has been set aside for the Women and Child Development Ministry for 2019-20, a 17 per cent increase, with the social services sector getting a major boost in the Budget.......

Budget allocation for maternity programme increased two fold

Photograph: Jayanta Dey/Reuters Rs 29,000 crore has been set aside for the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry for the next fiscal, a 20 per cent increase over the 2018-2019 financial year......

In defence of farm loan waivers

Farm loan waivers should not be regarded as expenditure but as incentive and investment, argues B S Raghavan, the distinguished civil servant. Photograph: Reuters There is a predictable knee-jerk......

Sushma makes strong pitch for India's permanent seat at UNSC

'India believes that the world is a family, and the best means of resolution is shared discourse. A family is shaped by love and is not transactional; a family is nurtured by consideration not......

'The Mahagathbandhan is for personal survival'

'The Opposition has no option but to make it an 'All versus One' fight to even think about winning.' Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters In an exclusive interview to ANI, Prime Minister Narendra......

Will Modi govt manage to push labour reforms this time?

After assuming power in 2014 with a full majority of its own, the BJP-led NDA government started an ambitious process of reforming labour laws in the form of codes aimed at making the framework......

'No way. Modicare is not the same as Obamacare'

'The government is abdicating its responsibility on healthcare''Just to start this scheme, it will take a minimum till October 2018 and elections are coming in 2019, so before that this can go into......

In Budget, Jaitley announces world's largest health protection plan

The National Health Protection Scheme -- announced by the finance minister -- is aimed at benefiting 10 crore poor families by providing coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year HIGHLIGHTS......

Budget 2018: What economists want from Jaitley

The economists who signed the letter included Jean Drèze , Abhijit Banerjee, Ajit Ranade, Jayati Ghosh, Kirit Parikh, Mihir Shah, Rohini Pande, and Vijay Joshi Sixty prominent economists on......

Labour reforms in India may get going, finally

As the Centre faces multiple hurdles, BJP-governed states such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have swiftly moved in to usher in radical reforms as they aim to take a larger share of the......

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