Anupam Manur
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An echo of licence raj in laptop import curbs

The decision to restrict laptop and PC imports, aimed at promoting domestic manufacturing, may harm consumers and IT industry, and invite retaliatory tariffs.

Import restrictions are placed on smart TVs and mobile phones(Stock)
Published on Aug 07, 2023 10:10 PM IST

E-pharmacy regulation needs nuanced policies

The government has had about seven years to create meaningful regulations

The government has had about seven years to create meaningful regulations. In 2018, the ministry of health released draft e-pharmacy rules, but it was shelved after being referred to a group of ministers who recommended slamming on the brakes. (SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on Apr 10, 2023 07:26 PM IST

India’s new logistics policy can fix foundational issues

The National Logistics Policy can lead to greater integration of India into global value chains, higher share in international trade, higher employment, and accelerated economic growth

The high cost of logistics can lead to inflationary pressures for consumers. (Nitin Kanotra/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 04, 2022 07:49 PM IST

The US must provide concrete benefits to IPEF signatories

While the scope is broad enough to provide an inclusive platform, the ambiguity, vagueness, and the lack of specific agreements can render it toothless

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, US President Joe Biden, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, Tokyo, May 23, 2022 (AFP)
Updated on Jun 06, 2022 08:27 PM IST
ByAnupam Manur

Divide forex reserve into two components

India must divide its forex reserve into two components — a safe component with the traditional sovereign debt plus gold and a strategic component. This will help India to diversify and mitigate geopolitical risk, and also provide a long-term strategic alternative

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has $620 billion as forex reserves (about 15 months of import cover) and it is mostly held in dollars ($200 billion), while gold and other major currencies form the remaining amount. While the probability of India facing sanctions from the West is low, there could be other geopolitical risks. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 17, 2022 07:57 PM IST
ByAnupam Manur

There’s a jobs crisis. Acknowledge it

There are several ways to create employment. But first accept the problem and think of solutions that can do justice at the required scale

The required rate of job creation is at least 20 million each year — a target removed from the government’s subdued ambition (Aalok Soni/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 22, 2022 07:30 PM IST
BySridhar Krishna and Anupam Manur

In a competitive marketplace, protecting India’s gig workers

Outdated, static mechanisms such as grievance redressal officers or onerous labour laws cannot keep pace with the gig economy and complaints of workers. Instead, we can look to harness the power of technology towards improving trust between platforms and gig workers

Representational image. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 19, 2021 05:09 PM IST
ByMihir Mahajan and Anupam Manur

E-commerce: Don’t let protectionism drive policy

It is hard to imagine how prohibiting high discounts and attractive offers is supposed to protect consumer interests. It is easier, however, to imagine how this move can help the “offline” stores in their competition against the online ones

Representational image.
Updated on Jul 26, 2021 03:07 PM IST
ByAnupam Manur

Flawed regulation can undermine the digital payment ecosystem

The National Payments Corporation of India’s (NPCI) announcement on the limits placed on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions for third-party apps is flawed

The given justification for this rule by NPCI was to “address the risks and protect the UPI ecosystem as it further scales up”. Unfortunately, this justification raises more questions than provides answers. The new rule is both unnecessary and inconsistent for a set of reasons.(MINT)
Updated on Nov 11, 2020 08:32 PM IST
ByAnupam Manur

Use the oil crash to boost India’s strategic reserves| Analysis

Add another 12 days of storage capacity; look outside for storage facilities; and lock in long-term contracts

One area in which India can definitely use the lower oil prices to its advantage is to stock up on the commodity for future use(Bloomberg)
Published on Apr 22, 2020 06:50 PM IST
ByAnupam Manur
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