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Budget 2013: What the oil and gas sector expects

By Lalit Kumar Gupta
February 21, 2013

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India’s oil and gas sector, often regarded as the country’s growth engine, has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade, but the quest to reach the top of global league remains a challenge because of rising under-recoveries and lack of policy incentives.

Budget 2013: Reduce fiscal deficit, make poor richer

By Andrew Freris
February 20, 2013

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A lot of expectations are riding on this year’s budget. And it’s not difficult to see why.

Pension plans are making a comeback

By Deepak Yohannan
February 19, 2013

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Life insurance companies had all but exited the pension sector after tough regulations were put in place to guarantee returns for the investor. This is a vital sector for insurance companies and hit overall business.

Budget 2013: Consistent reforms, effective execution is the key

By Darius Pandole
February 19, 2013

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In what is widely perceived to be the UPA government’s final budget before polls due next year, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is likely to continue with the economic reforms he introduced in recent months.

Budget 2013: Chidambaram’s chance to bell the cat

By Ambareesh Baliga
February 18, 2013

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This year’s budget will be an interesting one and it will hopefully be more pragmatic than populist.

Time for a shift in the tax incentive regime?

By Pranav Raval and Riddhi Doshi
February 15, 2013

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The Indian economy is currently on the path of reform with the government liberalising FDI policy and relaxing overseas debt funding. And with the union budget just around the corner, investors are hoping for incentives on the tax front as well.

Budget 2013: India has no room for a populist budget

By Hartmut Issel
February 14, 2013

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It is still a good year into the next general elections, yet India’s two main political parties have already set the stage for a showdown. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is closing in on the Congress party, according to opinion polls. Even though it is still early days, this puts even more pressure on the ruling party.

Budget 2013: Getting the wow factor back

By R Rajagopal
February 14, 2013

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Gone are the days when Indians used to wait for the budget in February to buy new things. In the 1990s, capital market investors also waited with bated breath for the annual budget to spell out tax and policy measures that affected the fortunes of sectors and companies.

Budget 2013: Need to review tax incentives

February 13, 2013

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It’s going to be a tight budget this year and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will be looking to save every rupee in revenue to reduce the budget deficit, to which he has committed. One option would be to withdraw tax incentives which have outlived their purpose.

What we want to see in Budget 2013

By Apurva Shah
February 12, 2013

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Over 15 years have passed since P. Chidambaram presented what was called the ‘dream budget’. It was a budget that changed the discourse of financial policy and offered a vision of India matching the growth and dynamism of the tiger economies of Southeast Asia.