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Financial Deepening and Equitable Growth : The Disappearing Mirage

Access to finance at the grassroots level, particularly to the disadvantaged sections of society, continues to remain a mirage despite being on top of government’s...


Future of Markets : Competition to Drive Regulation, Licensing

Access to finance at the grassroots level, particularly to the disadvantaged sections of society, continues to remain a mirage despite being on top of government’s agenda for equitable growth. This is even as growth in financial intermediation appears...


Project Prakash : Light at the Start of the Tunnel

It is not often that a municipal corporation, a software and hardware institution and the CSR (corporate social responsibility) arm of a leading infrastructure development and finance company join hands to look at something as basic as good education...


Touching Lives in More Ways than One

From being the largest PC manufacturer in the country, developing flight management systems for close to a dozen countries, designing medical implantable devices for pain relief and products for e-governance and financial inclusion to promoting e-procurement...


Government needs to be more open

This convergence of new and existing technologies is creating new opportunities for the IT industry. In fact, as IDC, the leading industry researcher, points out networked storage growth is over 80 per cent in many companies and industries, and despite...


Growth for whom?

When I was the Minister of Panchayati Raj, a calculation was made about the increase in the central budgetary allocation for the social sector and anti-poverty programmes over 15 years, from 1994 to 2009. It revealed that the allocation had gone up by a factor of 15 over 15 years -- from about Rs 76 bn in 1994 to about Rs 1350 bn now. Obviously the value of money has fallen over this period...


Revitalising Agriculture:- Need for New Technology

There is an urgent need to move farmers away from chemical fertilisers, especially nitrate-based. Another essential step is to make rural financial outlets more pro-poor and farmer-friendly...


Delivering Equality, Growth & Social Justice

India is increasingly taking its place on the global stage and in international forums as a 21st century superpower. The generations of policy makers who have been part of leading India to where it is today can be justifiably proud of the transformation...

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