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How Stoical is India in Grappling with the ‘Short –Term Pain’?

At the end of a year of high food prices and dwindling incomes the people of India seem divided on the ability of the government of the day to deal with inflation and improve the quality of life of the common man.

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A CVoter Survey conducted across states and Union Territories gauges the mood of the nation on the eve of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s third Budget proposals. At the end of a year of high food prices and dwindling incomes the people of India seem divided on the ability of the government of the day to deal with inflation and improve the quality of life of the common man.

While 63.8 per cent of the respondents felt that inflation had remained unchecked in 2021, 28.4 per cent felt that the price rise had been controlled this year, compared to a minuscule 10.8 per cent in 2020. As much as 45.2 per cent of the respondents felt that their quality of life had been adversely impacted by inflation, but just as many (41.1 per cent of the respondents) said high prices had only mildly impacted their lives.

The CVoter Survey, which is carried out in 52 waves in a calendar year, is based on interviews with adult respondents across the economic strata, from below poverty line (BPL) respondents to higher income groups. In a series of questions thrown out to motley groups, the survey draws out the expectations from the government and the Budget proposals placed in Parliament on Monday. Read the full survey below.

Read the full survey below:

Part A Section I: Did Nirmala Sitharaman Live Up to Expectations of the People?
A CVoter Survey took stock of the expectations of the people of India from the Union Budget proposals earlier this year. The tracking poll fieldwork for the survey was carried out in the third and fourth week of January 2021 in which respondents pitched for bringing petrol and diesel prices within the ambit of GST, slashing school fees, bringing down household expenses and tax-free treatment for the novel coronavirus. Read the full survey, conducted across Indian states and Union territories and over a varied economic strata below:

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Did Nirmala Sitharaman Live Up to Expectations of the People?
A whopping 37.5 per cent of respondents, surveyed by CVoter lauded the performance of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who has steered the economy through first a global slowdown and then an economy paralysed by a pandemic. Ironically, both the higher and lower income groups in the country seemed to repose greater confidence in her ability than Indians in the middle income bracket.

The CVoter Survey is carried out in 52 waves in a calendar year across states and Union Territories in India and across economic strata. The tracking poll fieldwork for the survey was carried out in the third and fourth week of January 2021. The survey also revealed expectations of tax relief for home buyers and more tax exemption for healthcare.



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