RBI monetary policy

Monetary policy: RBI joins quantitative easing bandwagon

In a major departure, the RBI has committed its balance sheet to monetary policy in the April 2021 MPC meeting. Read more »
ICDS scheme and sustainable development goals, SDGs

Success of ICDS scheme hinges on awareness programmes

While there is basic awareness among the mothers of ICDS scheme beneficiaries, they are not educated on some of the key elements of the programme. Read more »
RBI monetary policy committee

Monetary policy: RBI stays focused on growth with accommodative policy

RBI’s proposed Rs 1 trillion government securities acquisition programme will provide certainty to bond market participants, reduce term premiums. Read more »
Indian FPOs

Agrarian crisis: FPOs is the way out for Indian farmers

Effective business models, high turnovers, sustainable cash flow, value-added products, and market access key to the success of FPOs. Read more »
kerala economy and assembly elections

Kerala economy: Time for soul searching on government size, welfare schemes

The new government that will take oath in May needs to put together a nuanced agenda for the Kerala economy based on broad political consensus. Read more »
foreign trade policy without industrial policy

Foreign Trade Policy: Protectionism without strong local industry may spell disaster

Restrictive foreign trade policy without domestic competence can be a restraint as observed in the post-Covid period when industries such as tyres and pharmaceuticals suffered. Read more »
President Biden's $1.9 trillion US stimulus package

$1.9 trillion US stimulus package to boost India growth, nudge inflation

A potential increase in country risk premia and pressure on domestic yields caused by the US stimulus could tighten domestic financial conditions. Read more »
climate action during covid-19 crisis

Silver lining: Covid-19 injects urgency into climate action

Governments offer economic packages and tax incentives to address the climate change amid the Covid-19 outbreak and the resultant economic crisis. Read more »
labour codes violate workers rights

Labour Codes: Imposing a new form of slavery on India’s working class

Definitions of workmen, employee, wages and allowances are used interchangeably in a manipulative way in labour codes to deprive a large section of workers of their legal rights. Read more »
women shgs

Struggling women SHGs can transform into profit-making ventures with some help

More than 8.8 million women SHGs (self-help groups) that work at subsistence level to eradicate poverty can become profitable businesses with some help from the government. Read more »