After some dilly-dallying over the presentation of the Economic Survey with the interim Budget in February, the finance ministry has finally decided to table it just before the full Budget in July. The ministry’s economic division, which pens the Survey, was earlier contemplating whether there was a need to table it along with the Appropriation Bill (interim Budget) due to general elections next year. The division, which is currently headless in the absence of a chief economic advisor, ... Rediff.com, 3 days ago
On the last day of campaigning at Pokhran in Rajasthan, Bhartiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi took potshots at the son-in-law of chairperson of United Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi, Robert Vadra. “Who has taken your lacs of acres of land? Vasundhara Raje is going to form the government in Rajasthan and she will bring back every inch of land,” hinting towards Vadra’s alleged land purchase in Rajasthan. Taking a dig at the Gandhi family he said, ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
There is a nip in the air at Raisina Hill as autumn sets in. The temperature inside the North Block headquarters of the ministry of finance has also dipped, but for different reasons. With stability returning in the equity and currency markets, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his officials seem confident of sailing through what earlier appeared to be a crisis. The job of chief economic advisor has been vacant for over a month and the government doesn’t seem to be in a mood to fill ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Prime Minister Singh has assigned a senior Congress leader to placate the President, who is upset with Finance Minister P Chidambaram, reports Anita Katyal. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi are concerned over the ongoing spat between President Pranab Mukherjee and Finance Minister P Chidambaram. The President is said to be angry with Chidambaram’s repeated statements in Parliament and outside blaming Mukherjee’s policy decisions as finance minister ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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