CMP balances reforms with other economic concerns All subsidies to be targeted at the poor, needy
ON a pleasant, rainy afternoon unusual for this time of the year, the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) released its Common Minimum Programme (CMP), a please-all document seeking to balance the reformist zeal of the Congress with the ...
Cess on all Central taxes proposed
A CESS on all central taxes, including personal income, corporation, excise and customs duties, to finance universal access to primary education seems a certainty in the coming Union Budget. The final Common Minimum Programme (CMP) document of ...
Concern over cess move
THE Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance unveiled on Thursday has left many people rather confused and upset than clear about the policy direction the new Government would take. Two major points that ...
Treading the middle path on privatisation
FORMALLY announcing the burial of the Ministry of Disinvestment, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) on Thursday took the middle path on the overall disinvestment policy, stating that it was "generally" against privatisation of profit-making ...
UPA downplays IT sector
HAS the political setback of the tech-savvy state governments in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka impacted the psyche of the present government? On the face of it seems so with the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) appearing to have downplayed the ...
Trade unions to be consulted on labour issues
TRADE unions have successfully bulldozed their way into influencing Government policy-making on labour issues. The UPA Government's common minimum programme (CMP) has said that the Government would consult trade unions whenever changes are ...
CMP gives priority to infrastructure
IN an effort to bring about the development and expansion of various infrastructure sectors such as roads, highways, ports, power, railways, water supply, sewage treatment and sanitation, the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the United ...
Another VDIS in the offing?
WILL there be yet another tax amnesty scheme like the Voluntary Disclosure of Income Scheme (VDIS) that the present Finance Minister, Mr P Chidambaram, introduced in his previous term during 1997-98? The promise made in the Common Minimum ...
Change the mindset on rural poor
THE Report of the Advisory Committee on Flow of Credit to Agriculture has taken a dim view of the operations of the rural credit system and is about the worst indictment to date. Commercial banks, regional rural banks, co-operative banks - ...
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