Budget

Maya JUST doesn’t care

The Mayawati regime approved of Rs 556 crore for construction of parks and statues, but allocated only Rs 250 crore for drought relief. Even that money is not reaching as helpless people starve in drought-hit UP Pradeep Kapoor Lucknow

Everyone loves a Good DROUGHT

Both home and world prices greeted the news of drought by moving up. Will the government rein in the profiteering market forces and ‘relief bureaucracy’ that loves every drought as a boon? Kamal Nayan Kabra Delhi

Yet to learn drought lessons

Food prices are rising not due to a delayed monsoon. It is because of massive hoarding, black market and speculation. Yet, the government takes refuge behind the excuse: markets driven by sentiments Devinder Sharma Delhi

Show me the money

The industry felt badly let down when it turned out that the reform agenda articulated in the budget was a far cry from the hopes raised in the Economic Survey Noor Mohammad Delhi

Lacking long-term focus

The government cannot allow un-expended defence funds to lapse at the end of a financial year
By Gurmeet Kanwal Delhi

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