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Welfare measures to continue in India post general election

Press Trust of India  |  Singapore 

Some of the new welfare measures in will continue to take shape, regardless of the outcome of the general election, a top said on

Despite a change in the government in 2014, impetus for Goods and Services Tax (GST), financial inclusion, and fuel subsidy reduction did not waver, said Indian-origin with DBS Research Group Radhika

are likely to take place in April and May in

"We expect some of the new welfare measures to take shape independent of the election outcome," she said.

India's political economy is attaining modern welfare dimensions with direct cash transfer, universal basic income and jobs provisions, said.

With a mixed result in the elections, risks of a hung Parliament cannot be discounted, she said.

Four recent opinion polls point to an average of 220-230 seats for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition, falling short of a majority, said.

The and its alliance members under the is expected to fare better than 2014, but 'others' will tellingly enjoy stronger bargaining power, Rao added.

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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 14:25 IST