Arun Jaitley did a great thing by abolishing FIPB

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Amidst a multitude of expectations, finance minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2017-18 in Parliament, one which was low on fireworks but high on pragmatic and incremental changes. Expansion of the tax base by reducing tax rate in the Rs 2.5-5 lakh income bracket, special focus on agriculture and rural sector, push towards a digital economy, beginning the process of cleaning up political funding and increased infrastructure expenditure are among the key highlights of the Budget. That the government did not deviate from the path of fiscal consolidation, despite the various pressures, is particularly noteworthy. In the domain of the financial sector, there was one major announcement made, the decision to abolish the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).

Kamal Madishetty, VIF Research Associate, shares his thoughts on the larger strategy of the government to boost FDI inflows.

Read the complete article published at DailyO.

Budget 2017 Lays A Solid Foundation For The ‘Housing For All By 2022’ Scheme

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The ‘Housing For All By 2022’ scheme aims to meet the housing stock shortfall of 2 crore. Meeting this gap would require construction of 30 lakh houses annually. However, data from July last year shows that work was progressing on less than 15% of the approved projects. One can imagine how many of these projects would have actually been completed. An estimate from May 2016 suggests that the completion rate was only 0.1%. This huge gap, between the numbers of sanctioned versus constructed houses calls for immediate alteration of the implementation approach.

Apula Singh, VIF Research Associate, shares her thoughts on the significant implication of having affordable housing being granted an infrastructure status, on the ease of financing of housing projects.

Read the complete article published on The Huffington Post.

Modi’s Surgical Strike on Black Money Has Also Hit Maoists Hard

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The rise of Left-Wing Extremism in India goes back to the first peasants’ uprising at Naxalbari in 1967. It reached its pinnacle in 2009, when the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described Maoist activities as “the biggest internal security threat ever faced by the country”. This shows the grave concerns the state and the civilians face from Left-Wing Extremism.
This article is drawn from the study undertaken in Dec ’16 – Jan ’17 by Prayag Soni, Research Intern, VIF. Read the complete article on The Quint.

How Demonetisation Choked Pakistan’s Fake Currency Influx Into India

Abiram_Article1_SwarajyaDemonetisation has hit multiple targets, and one certainly, is fake Indian currency notes in circulation. The outcome is clear with violence in Kashmir reducing by 60 per cent, what with the Hurriyat Conference’s funds drying up. This article is drawn from the study undertaken in Dec 2015 by Abiram Devnathan, Research Intern, VIF.

Read the complete article published on Swarajya

Know The Teachings Of Swami Vivekananda On His 154th Birth Anniversary

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Today, more than a hundred years later, his words have permeated across India and set fire to thousands across our land. In every village in this country, chances are that we shall find at least one charity named after him. What is about the vision of Swami Vivekananda that drives so many people to strive for a higher and more selfless life? Shyam Krishnakumar, VIF Research Associate, shares his thoughts from the inspiration he has drawn from this man, since the nascent age of 13.

Read the complete article published at The Logical Indian

Impact Assessment of Change in Yatris – Good Governance Yatra ’16

 

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The GGY is an immersive learning experience that changes perspectives about government and elected representatives in our country. The bar graph shows an impact assessment of this change in the yatris from the recently concluded yatra – The final question reflects that the yatra indeed is contributing to change agents for nation building.

 

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How E-Mitra Kiosks in Rajasthan Help People Access 300 Govt Services without Going to Govt Offices

Aditi Sinha and Prateek Behera write about an e-governance initiative that is streamlining the system of government service delivery in Rajasthan.

e-Mitra is an e-governance initiative taken up by the government of Rajasthan in association with several private entities to form a dedicated, transparent, and a viable system to assist the community with more than 300 deliverable state services under a single ceiling.

 

Read the complete story at The Better India.

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Why Delhi Should Discuss MCD Trifurcation Before 2017 Municipal Elections

A series of three articles aims to shed light on the rationale behind the trifurcation process; its impact; and the outcomes of trifurcation, particularly on service delivery. These articles are drawn from primary research undertaken from October 2015 to January 2016, for a Master’s thesis by Apula Singh, VIF Research Associate. Different officials across the MCD, Delhi government and councillors were interviewed to collect primary data.

Read the complete article published at Huffington Post.

Amritsar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, MoS for External Affairs V K Singh and other delegates, poses for a group photo before the inauguration of the 6th Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference, in Amritsar on Sunday. PTI Photo by Kamal Kishore(PTI12_4_2016_000023B)

How India can isolate Pakistan at Heart of Asia

By Kamal Madishetty

The holy city of Amritsar is all set to host the sixth Heart of Asia ministerial conference over this weekend, where representatives from over 40 countries are congregating to discuss and deliberate upon issues of peace, prosperity and progress of the nation which lies at the “heart” of Asia – Afghanistan.

Read the complete article published at DailyO.

Remembering Sri Aurobindo And The Vision Of A Life Divine

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Sri Aurobindo spoke of his five dreams for the nation – a united India, the resurgence of Asia, unification of the world, the spiritual gift of India to the world, and evolution through raising human consciousness. Shyam Krishnakumar, Research Associate VIF, shares his thoughts on the learnings that one can draw from Sri Aurobindo ji.

Read the full article on Swarajya.