The laying of foundation stone for development of another inland waterway earlier this month brought little focus on the inland waterways transportation system. With nearly 14,500 km of waterways, roughly 5 times the length from North to South, these waterways can change the landscape of goods transportation within the country. In fact, the ease of transportation and huge benefits arising out of it leaves one wondering why they have not been developed so far?? Continue reading Inland Waterways – Tapping the potential..
Government’s budget preparation seems to have begun with media starting to debate whether it will be a full or an interim budget as is the norm in an election year. Whatever may be the case, among the items which face considerable attention is outgo on subsidies, projected at Rs 2.9 lakh crore for the current … Continue reading Government Subsidy – An Overview
Derivatives market in India has grown in leaps and bounds after being introduced in the year 2000. Total turnover has reached a level of Rs 165 lakh crore (notional value) in FY18 from just about Rs 1 lakh crore in FY02, the first full year after it was introduced. The turnover has increased over four … Continue reading Derivatives Market in India – An Overview (Part I)
The cabinet approval to begin filling of the third strategic petroleum reserves is an important milestone in building the petroleum inventory within the country. The inventory buildup carries huge significance, especially for oil importing countries like India, as it would help meet supply needs in case of any disruption. Here is a look at the … Continue reading India’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves
Reports from two global institutions recently give greater credibility to the government’s effort to simplify business process. One from the World Bank showing sharp improvement in ease of doing business rank from 100 to 77 and second, jump in World Economic Forum‘s competitiveness index to 58th, up five places. More importantly, World Bank report is … Continue reading Ease of Doing Business – The Great Indian Leap..!
Amidst the continuing liquidity crisis, NBFCs mismanagement and banks’ NPA woes, there is one trend that gives some reason to cheer. Total liabilities of the central government have come down to just about 50% of GDP at the end of FY18 as per RBI data. This is a substantial improvement from a high of 67% … Continue reading Analyzing Government Debt – Current and Historical perspective
Income disparity seems to have become an unintended outcome of economic growth across the world, India being among the worst performer. As per the world inequality report 2018 released by World Inequality Lab, the share of top 10% earners in India has risen to about 55% in 2106 from just about 32% in 1990. The … Continue reading Income Inequality – India’s Performance
The word “inflation” came into limelight again last week with monetary policy announcement amidst the surge in crude prices. But to what extent crude affect domestic prices? Does it impact both WPI and CPI equally? What are the other drivers of prices? An attempt to understand inflation, its constituents and its drivers. There are two … Continue reading INFLATION – ITS CONSTITUENTS AND THE DRIVERS
Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (IBC) is considered a watershed event in Indian Corporate history since it provides, for the first time, a stick to the lenders as well as an exit route to the Corporate. But has the code delivered on the expectations? There is not much information available on the aggregate performance even though … Continue reading Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code – Analyzing the Performance