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Minorities will oppose such a law A uniform law applicable to charities across the country is indeed a laudable objective. However, it is likely to run into rough weather and may never.. Berjis Desai
Managing Partner, J Sagar Associates

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There is no case to exempt them Charitable and religious institutions in India are governed by a plethora of laws. To be recognised as an organisation established for religious or a .. Noshir H Dadrawala
CEO, Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy

Views:1101 | Comments:5 | Posted on March 9, 2011 Read full story
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Increase scope of profit computation Since Independence, the government adopted the easy route of promoting growth through tax concessions as it was unable to provide adequate infrastruct.. A J Majumdar
Former Joint Secretary, CBDT

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Explore two-rate structure Over the last three decades, minimum alternate tax (MAT) has been reappearing in different avatars, but always marred by disputes. The government’s .. Hemal Zobalia
Executive Director, KPMG

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The Tiny, but Unjust, Tax Must Go The central sales tax (CST) is the root of many distortions and inefficiencies in the current tax system. It is a tiny tax, but inflicts pain like a c.. Satya Poddar
Partner, Ernst & Young

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Else Exports will be Uncompetitive CST is levied on interstate transactions on the basis of ‘origin’. Presently, it is levied at the rate of 2%. Such a levy conflicts with the princ.. Mahesh C Purohit
Director, Foundation For Public Economics & Policy Research

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The judgement must be reviewed The SC judgement, holding that mere membership of a banned organisation is not enough and that unless he resorts to, or incites, violence or disorder,.. Ravi Shankar Prasad
Spokesman BJP

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The court has protected citizen's rights The recent judgment of the Supreme Court that mere membership of an organisation declared to be unlawful cannot be made a crime and that provisions of.. Prashant Bhushan
Senior Advocate Supreme Court

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Yes, it will herald a new era in governance The Nandan Nilekani-headed Technical Advisory Group, set up by the finance ministry, has made some path-breaking recommendations, including the creati.. Kiran Karnik
Independent Policy & Strategy Analyst

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But the government should not have equity The TAGUP report has clearly broken away from the adhoc strategy to a single cohesive one for governance. The challenges of governance in IT projects,.. T V Mohandas Pai
Board Member Infosys Technologies

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Only if democratic regimes take over The answer to the question whether the ‘revolution’ in the Arab world is in India’s interest will depend on who would take charge after the over.. Ved Marwah
Professor, Centre For Policy Research

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Will have little direct impact here India was not born in a revolution. In 1947, the old guard was not taken off in tumbrels to make way for the new. Instead, it was an orderly transfer .. Salman Haidar
Former Foreign Secretary

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Yes, they will, but indirectly Not directly, but definitely. The effect will be through the reduction in the number and outreach of MFIs, particularly in the financially excluded re.. Viajy Mahajan
Chairman, BASIX & President of MFIN

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No, recommendations will help MFIs The refrain that the Malegam committee report will push poor women back to the moneylender is quite unfounded. First, we need to distinguish between r.. Shashi Rajagopalan
Member of the Malegam Committee

Views:992 | Comments:2 | Posted on January 19, 2011 Read full story
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The state is now a hot investment destination The fifth edition of vibrant Gujarat summit has become a model of economic success that can be replicated by many states. The event provided a great o.. Saurabh Patel
Minister of State for Finance, Gujarat

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Investment is only on paper Gujarat was vibrant much before Mr Narendra Modi was on the horizon of politics. Gujarat's 11% growth rate compared to the country's 8.49% is no break.. Shaktisinh Gohil
Leader of Opposition Gujarat

Views:877 | Comments:1 | Posted on January 14, 2011 Read full story
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Both, because neo-liberalism is the problem Corruption is an inherent part of a capitalist economy. The latter functions on the basis of cut-throat competition which always leads to rivalries an.. D Raja
Secretary CPI National Council

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Lack of political will is the key reason India's rank in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) in 2010 is 87, against 70 in 2006, while there has been a little decl.. S K Agarwal
Vice Chairman Transparency Int'l

Views:1055 | Comments:2 | Posted on January 12, 2011 Read full story
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Implement it at the central level Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, said philosopher George Santayana. The goods and services tax reform, like the value-ad.. M Govinda Rao
Director NIPFP

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Continue dialogue with states A consensus on the goods and services tax continues to be elusive, despite the first discussion paper on the new regime. But the scope for any increme.. R Sekar
Former Jt Secy Ministry of Finance

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