Amidst the economic slowdown triggered by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in India there have been many demands for the government to announce a large fiscal stimulus to support the economy. Economic growth and tax revenues remain uncertain in 2020-21 making it challenging for the government to finance any addition to the fiscal deficit.

Now the government must outline path of fiscal correction, put investment back on track. The UPA government announced a number of reform measures last week.

A slow trickle of reforms won’t do. Nor can government follow a policy of ‘do no harm’