Tuesday, February 25, 2020
A modified version of this article appeared at https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/budget-2020-fm-sitharaman-proposes-doubling-milk-processing-capacity-by-2025-but-is-it-feasible-4933011.html Budget2020 - Milk Processing: The government’s arithmetic concerning udders should give you the shudders RN Bhaskar – 11 Feb 2020 “To build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of milk, meat...
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/economy/budget-2020-what-about-coastal-economic-zones-waterways-and-coastal-shipping-4897251.html/amp Budget2020: The silence surrounding Bharatmala, CEZ  waterways and coastal shipping? RN Bhaskar  --  3 Feb 2020 Inland Waterways received a boost in the last five years. The JalVikasMargon National Waterway‐1 will be completed. Further, the 890 Km Dhubri‐Sadiya connectivity will be...
https://www.firstpost.com/business/budget-2020-farmers-will-now-reap-what-the-govt-did-not-sow-agri-distress-to-continue-7994461.html Budget2020 - A budget that could have made farmers smile RN Bhaskar  --  3 February 2020 This Budget paid the most attention to agriculture—if the percentage of spending is the yardstick to go by Once again, if the number of...
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india/shouldnt-india-issue-a-travel-advisory-against-trips-to-the-us-4916171.html Coronavirus and other epidemics: Shouldn’t India issue a travel advisory against trips to the US? RN Bhaskar  --  6 Feb 2020 First, a caveat.  The author is no authority on viruses, and has based his arguments on the basis of material...
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/economy/budget-2020-not-new-courses-or-new-institutes-make-graduates-employable-4897131.html/amp Has the government forgotten school education? RN Bhaskar --  3 Feb 2020 I propose to set up a project preparation facility for infrastructure projects. This programme would actively involve young engineers, management graduates and economists from our Universities. It is also proposed...
https://www.freepressjournal.in/analysis/budget-2020-it-is-the-silence-that-speak-volumes Budget2020 Budget2020 and the things it is silent about RN Bhaskar – 1 Feb 2020 At first blush, the budget looks like a well-crafted document.  It talks about aspirations, about agriculture and the caring concerns of the government. But look close, and a...
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/economy/budget-2020-solar-pump-scheme-may-be-good-for-farmers-but-is-susceptible-to-misuse-4892321.html Budget2020 Solar pumps is  a terribly bad idea RN Bhaskar  -- 1 Feb 2020 “I propose to expand the scheme to provide 20 lakh farmers for setting up stand‐alone solar pumps; further we shall also help another 15 lakh farmers solarise their...
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/warehousing-is-a-great-idea-but-the-linkages-need-to-be-fixed-to-make-it-work-4893161.html Budget2020 Warehousing is a great idea, but the linkages are missing RN Bhaskar -- 1 February 2020 India has an estimated capacity of 162 million MT of agri-warehousing, cold storage, reefer van facilities etc. NABARD will undertake an exercise to map and...
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/budget-2020-airconditioned-freight-for-perishable-food-cost-will-be-the-critical-factor-4894101.html Budget2020 Airconditioned freight? Who will bear the cost? RN Bhaskar  --  1 February 2020 To build a seamless national cold supply chain for perishables, inclusive of milk, meat and fish, the Indian Railways will set up a “Kisan Rail” – through PPP...
https://www.firstpost.com/business/budget-2020-govt-must-give-priority-to-agriculture-empower-farm-sector-to-revive-economy-dont-hand-out-doles-and-sops-7978151.html To revive the economy please look at agriculture first RN Bhaskar  -- Jan 31, 2020   Except for pampered farmers who grow rice and wheat (where the Food Corporation of India (FCI) procures their produce), and plantation growers, most other farmers...