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Adding arrows to new regime’s policy quiver

An economy which is performing several steps ahead of its peers, does not need an overhauling of the policy framework.

As we neared the end of 2022-23, there was near-consensus on real growth. The cited figure was between 6.8 and 7%. There is less consensus for 2023-24 and the medium-term. An optimist will say 6.5%, a pessimist 5.5%. An enthusiastic optimist will place it at 7%, a dire pessimist at 5%. While that’s a fairly broad band, there is no denying the Indian economy’s growth resilience. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 01:28 AM IST

Monetary policy has an inflation dilemma

Faced with low core inflation and high food inflation, RBI will likely tilt towards a longer disinflationary stance, to achieve the 4% CPI rate

India’s recent inflation has been a tale of two prices. Food inflation remains elevated at 7.6% but core inflation has dropped sharply to 3.6% in January 2024
Published on Feb 26, 2024 12:10 PM IST

Inflation fears throw up policy dilemmas

Several interventions are being tried to cool prices but different measures might have conflicting impacts. Instead, a nimble, vigilant balance is preferable

 Tomatoes may have hogged the recent headlines, but the recent vegetable price rise is broad-based (PTI)
Published on Aug 29, 2023 12:26 AM IST

Modest MSP hike is a tightrope act by govt

MSPs for kharif season are the highest in the last five years, but lower than prior pre-general election years, underlining the Centre’s careful balancing act

The burning question is how to think about the degree of MSP increase, and where it stands vis-à-vis meeting the twin objectives of boosting rural incomes but not being inflationary. (SANJEEV KUMAR/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 13, 2023 09:36 PM IST
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