25 September, 2020

‘As UID Expands, Targeting Of Subsidies Will Improve’

Despite the high-theatrics rollback of the Railway Budget, the government is confident of being able to push ahead with the reforms agenda.

Tribhuvan Tiwari
‘As UID Expands, Targeting Of Subsidies Will Improve’
outlookindia.com
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Despite the high-theatrics rollback of the Railway Budget, the government is confident of being able to push ahead with the reforms agenda. In an e-mailed post-Budget interview, Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee took questions from Outlook’s Lola Nayar and Sebastian P.T. Edited excerpts:

The government has managed to get UPA allies on board over the National Counter-Terrorism Centre issue. Do you think the same tack can be repeated for other reforms such as the Land Acquisition Bill and FDI in multi-brand retail?

Our reforms have been based on a process that builds a broad-based consensus. In a democratic polity, it is essential that interests of all stakeholders are respected and addressed. At times, the process of consensus-building could be slow due to political positioning, but it is the only way forward in a multi-party democracy like ours. In building a consensus, an informed debate is needed to find common ground. We are working with...

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