Ideas for a better Budget: Women’s health, maternal leave and safety for economic growth

Mahima Vasishth, Ph.D student in economics and Tarun Jain write, “The pandemic-induced health and economic crisis meant that 2020 was a tough year for India. … As economists working on India and Bangladesh, we contrast the role of working women when comparing the different growth stories of Bangladesh and India. … We have three key suggestions to unleash the productive capabilities of women that can lead to higher economic growth and help meet India’s development goals. These proposals are not charity, but investments that lead to higher national income, and can potentially be earned back by the government through future taxes.”