Economy & Policy Series "Taking Stock of the Indian Economy"
Ananta Centre convened a panel discussion with the top CEOs of the country to understand the impact of the pandemic on the economy and the consequent measures taken by the government The opinion was that, while the call for self reliance is a strong one, the doors of the economy need to be kept open for the world. Also, the inherent chinks in our systems which predate the virus need to be dealt with in order to achieve sustainable and strong growth.
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Union Budget 2021: Has it lived up to expectations?
Ananta convened a post-budget session to discuss the country's growth plans in the pandemic ridden economy. The discussion was around five large points: lost growth estimates, pandemic and livelihoods, the poor state of government finances, taxation policies, farmer's agitation and bold reforms. Livelihoods and employment generation emerged as a major area of concern for the panellists; given that despite the informal sector being especially hit by the pandemic, the budget made very little mention of job creation and presented no formal plan of regenerating employment. Implementation was also seen as a key concern; privatization and attracting investment cannot become a reality without a concrete plan in place.