Udit Misra

  • 7 new pending Bills You Should be Aware Of in 2014 23-01-2014 12:51 PM

    1. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2013 The real estate sector is largely unregulated. There is lack of standardisation, transparency and consumer protection. Introduced in August 2013, this Bill deals with residential real estate, and looks into the transactional (buying and selling) aspect of the sector; it aims...
  • CRISIL's Inclusix isn't all-inclusive 18-07-2013 02:00 PM

    Crisil has done most things right with Inclusix, India's first index for financial inclusion. But it is also true that it has failed to capture the full picture. Inclusix is based on the banking data provided by the Reserve Bank of India. Data from a large network of non-banking financial...
  • Inside the Direct Cash Transfer debate 17-01-2013 11:53 AM

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  • Arvind Kejriwal: Is he the emerging fourth front? 01-11-2012 11:51 AM

    New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal's three-storied office in Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, has a queer resemblance to the numerous engineering entrance exam coaching centres one finds in tier 2 cities of India. The rooms are bustling with activity. Groups of two or three young volunteers huddle together, discussing fervently. Each door has a...
  • Alex Menon: Braving Naxal kidnappings to develop one of India's most backward districts 28-08-2012 03:15 PM

    Alex Paul Menon Age: 32 Profile: CEO, Raipur Development Authority Achievements As the DM of Chhattisgarh's Naxal-hit Sukma district, launched several initiatives to alleviate hunger and poverty in the region. Was kidnapped by the Naxals, but resumed work right after his release after 12 days. A common saying in India's...
  • Poverty line: Dialogue of the deaf 07-04-2012 12:54 PM

    The great Mughal emperor Akbar once asked if there was any man in his court unbound by his wife's command. The huge mass of his courtiers and public was stunned and stood huddled together barring one meek-looking man, who stepped away and stood alone. Akbar was curious and asked how...
  • Budget: Time to take fiscally prudent decisions 13-03-2012 11:17 AM

    As this edition of Forbes India was going to bed, India's executive set-up was in intense negotiations with political decision-makers over the contents of the government's most-awaited policy pronouncement"the Union Budget. The Planning Commission and other advisors to the government were ranged on one side, with the National Advisory Council...
  • Electing hope in Punjab 10-02-2012 12:28 PM

    While the Uttar Pradesh elections hog the lion's share of coverage in national media, the Punjab elections are proving to be the more colourful of the two. YouTube, Facebook, and other media platforms are full of the hilarious conversations between cartoon characters Jeeta and Jaggi created by the Congress, who...
  • Parliament's Winter Session doesn't hold much promise 28-11-2011 12:01 PM

    A look at the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governments legislative performance over the last three parliamentary sessions explains why everyone seems to be up in arms against the breakdown of decision-making at the Centre. The 2010 winter session was a complete washout as the UPA kept blocking the Oppositions demand...
  • CAG audit on NREGA will not help 29-10-2011 09:53 AM

    Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh's recent decision to ask the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India) to audit MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) funds has created a buzz among social sector observers. They've been demanding reforms in MGNREGA's implementation to arrest the slide in...
  • 'The Service of the State' is lucidly written 17-10-2011 11:42 AM

    Former secretary to the Government of India Bhaskar Ghoses latest book comes at a time when there is increasing public anger against politicians and bureaucrats for being corrupt and insensitive. As such, the title of the book and the tagline promised to shed some light on the burning question about...
  • What if we had the right to recall our leaders? 14-09-2011 10:59 AM

    Imagine having the power to recall your MLA or MP if he stopped paying attention to his constituency. That is the power of the Right to Recall, the next item on Anna Hazare's agenda. Recall is a powerful tool to make politicians accountable since it does not require any corruption...
  • Rahul Gandhi: His tryst with dynasty 06-09-2011 11:09 AM

    I'll be upfront about this and I am reasonably sure you'll agree with me. Deep down, most of us nurture disdain towards those who come to occupy positions of power by virtue of birth. Quite honestly, that has, at least until I started researching this story on Rahul Gandhi, been...
  • India's new warehouses 01-08-2011 11:25 AM

    One issue, other than corruption, that has troubled the UPA government since its first term, is inflation, especially food price inflation. But most analysts believe that though India needs to improve its productivity, there are enough food grains in the country to feed the teeming millions. The real worry is...
  • Noida's new landlords 07-06-2011 11:31 AM

    Noida: Since 2008, residents of the National Capital Region (NCR) have had to contend with a very annoying problem: Endless text messages about yet another upcoming real estate project in the Noida and Greater Noida region. Those messages reflect the bustle of a new urban centre at the south-eastern edge...
  • Bihar, AP show the way in poverty alleviation 20-05-2011 11:34 AM

    T Vijay Kumar was standing at a lectern and talking about slaying the dragon of poverty. An Andhra Pradesh Cadre IAS officer, he had fought some stiff battles with the mother of all miseries and so people were keen to listen to him. This was at a conference on human...
  • Are direct cash subsidies better? 22-03-2011 10:04 AM

    After dithering on the matter for more than a decade, the government has announced that it will provide direct cash subsidy for fertiliser, kerosene and LPG. It will start by running a pilot based on the recommendations of a task force formed for this purpose, and headed by Nandan Nilekani....
  • The Real Meaning of Pranab Mukherjee’s Plan 15-03-2011 06:39 PM

    Before Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee presented the Union Budget for 2011-12, many political observers felt that he may just use it as an opportunity to shore up the governments diminishing equity. Others expected some big-ticket reforms to indicate that the government had recovered from the sting of a series of...
  • Manmohan Singh - The Feeble Patriarch 01-03-2011 05:41 PM

    In a disarming and seemingly innocuous tone, the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy tried to achieve the impossible in his chat with editors on February 16, in the middle of the worst crisis of confidence that his government has faced in its second term. He both accepted and...
  • Master Card: The UID Faces Opposition 13-01-2011 05:34 PM

    The unique identity (UID) numbers being issued with much fanfare have no legal sanctity. This may surprise many who casually know about the UID scheme and believe it represents a progressive and transparent new India. The problem is, the Bill which proposes setting up an Authority mandated to issue such...