NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar explains why he is against handing over of public facilities to private sector, promises universal health insurance soon, argues it is impossible to give a forecast on jobs, admits the statistical system needs a revamp, and explains why he remains critical of RBI handling of currency rate
Amitabh Kant said that India is the only country in the world with billion biometrics and as many mobile phones and bank accounts.
The project piloted by NITI Aayog aims to implement development based on a sustainable approach to build a thriving maritime economy of the islands.
The document claims that India will be in the top three economies of the world if it continues to grow at 8 per cent from now until 2047.
“There is lurking danger of several of our small tribal communities getting wiped out from the face of the earth. Once uprooted, our culture, or language, our heritage will be all lost simply because some people elsewhere require electricity,” Tasik Pangkam, general secretary of the SIFF asked.
Speaking at a Nasscom-Yes Bank event on role of digital technologies in driving agri business growth, Niti Aayog Member Ramesh Chand said the regulatory reforms have been “slow, patchy and absolute” in the agriculture sector.
A Niti Aayog official said the final farm growth figures might be revised after the performance of the Rabi season
The Niti Aayog vice chairman also pointed out that in manufacturing and services PMI, the lowest point reached in July and therefrom it has started rising.
NITI Aayog’s three year agenda does not recognise the role of trade policy in agriculture, and is silent on money-guzzling food and fertiliser subsidies
The idea has been mooted apparently because bullet-proof vests and helmets in use currently by Indian forces are very heavy, causing a lot of discomfort and leaving the personnel at a disadvantage during an encounter with heavily-armed terrorists.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said opportunities exist in the state for businesses across all sectors, and pointed out upcoming areas under the Smart City initiative which can be of interest to power, grid and housing industries.
In order to bring customers on board faster as part of the financial inclusion agenda, the RBI had allowed for the one time password (OTP) based electronic know your customer (e-KYC) of accounts, but set certain caps on the transactions which go through such accounts.
The Nutrition Strategy framework envisages a Kuposhan Mukt Bharat — linked to Swachh Bharat and Swasth Bharat. The aim is to ensure states create customised State and District Action Plans to address local needs and challenges.
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant also stressed on the need for separation of feeder for rural and urban areas for power supply which is used for irrigation.
Section 10(n) of AICTE Act, for example, gives AICTE the powers to take all steps to prevent commercialisation of technical education.