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Union Budget 2018



As Budget 2018 was announced by the Union government on 1 February, find below a curated analysis by CPR faculty.

  • Yamini Aiyar writes in Live Mint  that while the budget is a new and evolving political statement, it is unlikely to improve Indians’ ‘ease of living’.
  • Kiran Bhatty writes in The Wire  that even though education is mentioned as a priority area in the Budget is an improvement, the averments are not matched by a commensurate allocation of resources.
  • Yamini Aiyar and Avani Kapur write in The Wire  that, even as schemes have received minimal allocations, this budget signals an important shift in the political narrative.
  • Avani Kapur writes in IndiaSpend  on how the ‘pro-poor’ messaging around the budget does not add up to the numbers, indicating a decline in funding for programmes for the poor.
  • In an interview  with The Wire, Yamini Aiyar discusses the implications of the budget on India’s social sector spending.
  • In the Deccan Herald, Avani Kapur takes a closer look at the Budget 2018 and critical questions on social sector allocations.
  • Sanjoy Hazarika writes in Economic Times on why the Budget 2018 is a missed opportunity for Modi’s ‘Act East’ policy.