Articles by: Neeraj Jain

Budget 2021–22: Proposal for an Alternate, Pro-People Budget

Budget 2021–22: Proposal for an Alternate, Pro-People Budget

India’s social sector expenditures are amongst the lowest among all major economies of the world. In this concluding part of our budget analysis of Union Budget 2021-22, we present proposals on how the Centre can more than double its social sector expenditures. Part I: Snapshot of Subsidies Given to Rich in Budgets According to the Economic Survey, the annual document[Read More…]

by 18/06/2021 0 comments India
Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the Poor? – Part 4

Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the Poor? – Part 4

Budget and Nutrition Schemes Hunger and Malnutrition ‘Emergency’ India’s rulers may be claiming that the country is heading towards becoming a global superpower,  but what is for sure is that its hunger levels are amongst the worst in the world. The Global Hunger Index (GHI), a multidimensional statistical tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger globally and by country[Read More…]

by 11/06/2021 0 comments India
Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the People? – Part 3

Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the People? – Part 3

In this part, we analyse the allocations made in the Budget for education and health, from a people’s perspective. Budget and Education Education is fundamental to human as well as societal development. Which is why in all developed countries, governments have taken the responsibility of providing Free, Equitable and Good Quality school education to All their children (the private sector[Read More…]

by 28/05/2021 0 comments India
Budget 2021–22: What Is in it for the People? – Part 2

Budget 2021–22: What Is in it for the People? – Part 2

Overestimating tax revenue and budgetary outlay There was always some discrepancy between budget estimates (BE), revised estimates (RE) and actuals (A)[1] over the years—as is to be expected—but such differences were relatively minor. Over the last few years, the Modi Government has indulged in dressing up of the budget figures, because of which these differences have become so vast that[Read More…]

by 21/05/2021 0 comments India
Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the People?: Part I

Budget 2021-22: What Is in it for the People?: Part I

Despite all the manipulations done by the Modi Government with the GDP figures, the economic slowdown has been so persistent that now, finally, the official figures also admit that economy began slowing down before the pandemic. GDP Growth Rate Till 2019, just before the elections, Modi and the then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claimed that India is the fastest growing[Read More…]

by 15/05/2021 0 comments India
Support the Struggle of the Farmers. It Is Our Struggle Too! – Part 3

Support the Struggle of the Farmers. It Is Our Struggle Too! – Part 3

The Modi Government is worried that if it is forced to withdraw the farm bills under pressure of the farmers’ movement, it may inspire people’s struggles against other elements of neoliberalism imposed on India by the World Bank – such as cut in education and health subsidies. It is now 47 days since the farmers began their epic struggle on[Read More…]

by 15/04/2021 2 comments India
Support the Struggle of the Farmers: It Is Our Struggle Too – Part 2

Support the Struggle of the Farmers: It Is Our Struggle Too – Part 2

The youth must support the farmers’ movement! The fight against the farm bills is also a struggle to save several crore jobs!! The farmers agitation completed one month on December 26, 2020. Despite the biting cold, the resolve of the farmers shows no signs of weakening; on the contrary, their movement continues to strengthen as the days go by. More[Read More…]

by 01/04/2021 0 comments India
Support the Struggle of the Farmers: It Is Our Struggle Too

Support the Struggle of the Farmers: It Is Our Struggle Too

The farm laws will lead to the corporatisation of agriculture and its control by foreign agribusiness corporations. Our very food sovereignty and thus the sovereignty of the country itself is at stake. As we write this, lakhs of peasants – men, women, youth and children – are camping at entry points to the country’s capital, demanding the scrapping of the[Read More…]

by 20/01/2021 0 comments India