Dr Gagandeep Kang, Microbiologist and virologist, India, in an exclusive interview with India Today talks about the most appropriate gap that people should take between the two vaccine doses. Gagandeep also explains whether those who took the vaccine shot in February and March were just as protected as those who would now take it after a 12-week gap. On being asked whether those who taken both the vaccine doses (covaxin or covishield) have very less chances of getting hospitalised due to severe Covid-19 illness, she said, "I think we can say with confidence that vaccines have a very high chance of preventing severe diseases and mortality in people who have taken two doses of Covaxin. As for Covishield, even a single dose of vaccine gives very good protection which is over 70 per cent against severe disease. Watch the video for more details.
With the fiscal deficit at 9.5 per cent, there was hardly any scope available for tax concessions or tax reliefs for the common man. However, the good part about the year's budget was there were no new taxes or COVID cess announcements which ensure continuity and stability in the system, said Tarun Arora, Partner, Deloitte India. Watch the video as he weighs in on what works in the budget.
The Union Budget 2021 presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was all about prioritising key issues including ramping up healthcare spending. The healthcare sector received one of the largest allocations in percentage terms. Ashwin Sapra, Partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas explains how this budget will help the healthcare industry and scope for improvements. Watch the video.
This year's finance budget will be announced in the backdrop of exceptionally challenging times due to COVID-19. The FMCG sector, however, has witnessed green shoots of recovery thanks to good monsoon, good demand and growth in the personal care and home care segments. Watch the video as Sanjesh Thakur, Partner, Deloitte India, speaks about FMCG industry's expectations from upcoming budget and why the government should spend more on infrastructure and provide consumers with higher disposable income and thus boost consumer confidence.
The first objective of the government in the upcoming budget should be job creation, said Tarun Arora, Partner, Deloitte India. Salary limits should also be increased for employees from Rs 25,000 to at least Rs 50,000, he added. Watch the video for more details.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said that the government's Aatmanirbhar packages totalling Rs 27.1 lakh crore to deal with the COVID pandemic, accelerated the pace of structural reforms. In the first ever paperless Union Budget, Sitharaman proposed the introduction of Aatmanirbhar health programme with an outlay of Rs 64,180 crore. She added that the programme will help to strengthen health systems in the country. An amount of Rs 35,000 crore will be spent on Covid-19 vaccines as part of the Rs 2.23 trillion spending. Watch the video for more.
Looking at the current challenges, there is very less room to meet the common man's expectations for FM Nirmala Sitharaman, says Divya Baweja, Partner, Deloitte India. But there would still be expectations from the common man. Watch the video for more.
In the budget speech Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman cited India's Test cricket win against Australia. The Finance Minister quoted Rabindranath Tagore and said, "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark." In this spirit, she said, she "can't help but recall the joy that we as a Cricket loving nation felt after Team India's recent spectacular success in Australia." Watch the video for more.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Monday, announced Rs 25,000 crore for highways in poll-bound West Bengal. Proposing highway infra work including awarding 8,500-km of highways by March 2022, FM Sitharaman further announced highway projects in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Assam. Watch the video for more.
Given the current pandemic , the common man's expectations were higher from Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with regard to tax relief measures. However, no such tax reliefs were announced for the common man as income tax slabs remain unchanged in this year's budget. Watch the video as Divya Baweja, Partner, Deloitte India, weighs the pros and cons of the changes in budget presented by the finance minister today
Speaking about today's Union Budget, Ramanuj Kumar, Partner, Amarchand Mangaldas said that this year's budget was reform-oriented and focused more on the infrastructure sector. The increased allocation of almost 35 per cent was allocated to infrastructure . Watch the video as he explains more about what's promising in the budget.
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