Category: Economy and Finance
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June 16, 2020
COVID-19 has provoked a migrant crisis in India which has uncovered the incalculable socio-economic vulnerabilities confronted by a vast segment of the country’s workforce. This article dissects the impact of the recent labour law relaxations by many state governments on the stated agenda of labour formalisation. It also probes the adequacy of the proposed labour code reforms by the central government for the protection of migrant workers. The article culminates with recommendations for systemic reforms towards formalisation of labour, based on best practices achieved by different states in India.
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May 21, 2020
Financing responses to the COVID-19 pandemic would have been difficult for the Indian government irrespective of its financial and economic health. The authorities responsible for mitigating the spread of the coronavirus, the state governments, are acutely hamstrung given the existing federal fiscal framework. Read on to find out how in times of ill-health, amidst the ongoing pandemic crisis, their capacities have been shackled further.
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February 4, 2020
The past three years have witnessed rapidly increasing stress on the Indian banking sector, with non-performing assets (NPAs) steadily climbing from under 3% to over 11% of total assets. Loan-loss provisioning for these NPAs has seriously eroded the capital base of a number of banks, thereby limiting their ability to make further loans. There is now a general consensus that the state of Indian banking is one of the biggest challenges facing the country in accelerating investments and growth. Pronab Sen in his article argues that much of the problems currently being faced by the banking sector arise from a fundamental change that occurred in the Indian banking sector after 2002.
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February 3, 2020
The world is currently in increasing turmoil because of factors such as the global economic slowdown, protectionist policies adopted by the USA, and the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. It is imperative that cooperative federalism between the Union and the States is encouraged for India’s economy to remain resilient in the face of international economic turbulence. Ashima Mahajan speaks to Sudipto Mundle about fiscal federalism, GST, Finance Commission, and possible solutions to having a cooperative fiscal arrangement between the Center and states.

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