Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

CPI inflation seen at 4.4% in FY19

Retail inflation is expected to average 4.4 per cent this financial year, up from 3.6 per cent recorded in the last fiscal, says a report. According to Kotak Economic Research, CPI inflation is expected to remain at sub-5 per cent level but uncertainties in domestic, global front could impact its trajectory. “We expect CPI inflation to stay broadly capped at 5 per cent in FY19,” Kotak economic research said in a note, adding, “We expect CPI inflation to average 4.4 per cent in FY19 (3.6 per cent in FY18)”.

House panel for cut in price of power tillers

A parliamentary panel has pulled up the government for not taking steps to lower the prices of power tillers and check cartels in the agri-machinery sector. Most farmers in the country are small and marginal, who could hardly afford costly agri-equipment and machineries. In this sc-enario, power tillers with flexibility, multi-purpose nature and low cost are considered ideal to enhance mechanisation level, it said.

PM pledges space mission, healthcare plan

India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022 and roll out a health insurance scheme fro-m September, prime ninister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday in his last Independence Day speech ahead of next year’s general elections.

Modi, a powerful speaker who will seek re-election in the world’s biggest democracy early next year, used the speech to broadcast his government’s achievements, amid concerns about lack of jobs and rising violence against the Muslim minority.

FinMin mulling auction of some stressed power assets

Sensing that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may not budge from its hard position on giving relief to stressed power assets, the finance ministry, along with the power ministry, is mulling a proposal to auction some of these power plants. It has also favoured higher reserve price for these assets to help debtors realise maximum value and prevent distress sale of power plants having potential to generate cash quickly.

Blackstone may buy stake in Jet Airways loyalty arm

US private equity firm Blackstone Group LP is in talks to acquire a stake in the frequent-flier loyalty programme of Jet Airways (India) Ltd, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

A potential deal could value the loyalty programme, Jet Privilege Private Ltd, between Rs 3,000 crore and Rs 4,000 crore ($429.1 million-$572.1 million) and would be dependant on Jet Airways securing adequate funding for its airline operations, Bloomberg said.

Govt asks TV channels not to air magic pill ads

Companies offering magic pills for ailments ranging from common illness to life threatening diseases such as cancer and AIDS are now under the government scanner. The I&B ministry through advisories has asked television channels not to air their promos.

Alongside fake and substandard medicines, the market of magic pills has been thriving on misleading and false claims. It has emerged a big menace with social media and sponsored content in TV fuelling the growth of magic pills.

NPA: 200 big accounts come under RBI lens

As part of its effort to contain rising non-performing assets (NPAs), the RBI has started scrutiny of 200 large accounts to assess the level of stress and provisioning done against them by respective banks.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is examining as to whether banks have followed prudential norms in respect of these stressed assets, a senior public sector bank official said. It is also assessing classification, provisioning and debt recast in respect of those loans, the official added.

Law panel set to recommend legal framework

The government may get a legal framework for conducting simultaneous polls for the Lok Sabha and state assemblies as the law panel is said to be ready with the recommendations to make amendments in the existing laws to make it possible.

As the Modi government is keen to have Lok Sabha and assembly polls together, it will require constitution amendment and changes in the Representation of the People Act.

Cong dares PM to dissolve LS, hold early polls

Rejecting reports that it considered conducting assembly polls in 11 states along with the next Lok Sabha election, the BJP on Tuesday asserted that it was in favour of holding simultaneous elections with consensus among different stakeholders and in accordance with law.