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NITI Aayog gets its official website

Nearly five months after it came into being, the NITI Aayog has entered digital age as Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, launched the beta version NITI Aayog website on Monday. The webs

Panagariya for job creation by industries and hiring firm sees positive growth

In his first blog published on the newly launched portal of NITI Aayog on Monday, vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya had said that due to limited potential of the agriculture sector in bringing prospe

Niti Aayog: What’s in the name?

On December 7, 2014, the PM, along with his team, hosted CMs for exchange of views on economic planning. The consultation agenda was “cooperative federalism” (interface between the cent

Modi`s key initiatives: Analysis

Prime minister Narendra Modi completes his one year in office on Monday. Governance Now has reviewed some of his key promises and initiatives taken in one year and what needs to be done in near fut

“Problem is not with the govt’s delivery but with expectations”

The road ahead has many possibilities and Niti Aayog has to define many. In an interaction with Shubhendu Parth, Aayog’s member Bibek Debroy speaks about

Morning briefings: PM Modi`s meeting on land bill today, oppn CMs skip it

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called a meeting of NITI Aayog`s governing council, of which all chief ministers are a part, with the land acquisition Bill as the main agenda. However, the chief m

Land acquisition is difficult, says NITI aayog’s Panagariya

Even the land acquisition bill remains hostage of the political parties, NITI aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya today said land acquisition is difficult in India. “By all e

India’s faultlines are stumbling block for reaching UN goals

Sustaining the goals being set by the United Nations (UN) for the world seems to be unattainable even for developed countries. In case of India, the country faces numerous issues. T

Morning briefing: Modi and Merkel in Bengaluru today, to attend Nasscom event

Prime minister Narendra Modi and German chancellor Angela Merkel are in India`s IT capital today (Tuesday) and will attend two major events in the city. The German chancellor, who is on a three-day

Morning briefing: Swaraj to make statement in parliament today on India-Pak talks

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is set to make a statement in both houses of Parliament today on her two-day visit to Pakistan and the resumption of bilateral talks. “I will make a st

What ails investment

The growth rate of GDP in the country was 7% during the second quarter of 2015, lower than the 7.5% growth recorded in the preceding quarter. It was also lower than government estimation of 7.4% in

Bibek Debroy outlines five pillars for railway reforms

There are five pillars which can not only improve the financial condition but also accelerate the performance of Indian railways. The five pillars are: transition to commercial accounting; appointi

How not to disinvest

A decade after privatisation of central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) was put on the back burner, the government has come out with a comprehensive policy to take up strategic sale more aggres

Eradicating poverty in India a Sisyphean task

The Narendra Modi government wants to banish poverty from India by the year 2032, a target that is ambitious and fraught with potential pitfalls. The government has thrashed out an a

NITI Aayog proposes closure of 26 ailing PSUs

NITI Aayog has recommended disinvestment of central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) such as Air India after they are revived. It has also recommended immediate winding up 26 state-run companies

NITI Aayog pitches for mega coastal economic zones to create jobs

Ever since the Narendra Modi-led BJP has come to power at the Centre, it has been highlighting creation of jobs as one of its major objectives. In an action plan, the NITI Aayog has strongly pitche

A new poverty line being considered

The Narendra Modi led BJP government may soon come out with a new poverty line after various controversies surrounding the issue during the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime.

Strategic disinvestment in BSNL, MTNL on cards

 Government’s think-tank Niti Aayog may consider state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) for strategic disinvestment, according to a news rep

Direct mailers: Government’s new outreach initiative

The NDA government has been quite active on the social media, sharing important developments on Twitter. In yet another initiative, it has now started sending out mailers so that the message can re

Shut down one PSU, sell four others: NITI Aayog

 NITI Aayog may recommend the closing down of one sick central public sector enterprise (CPSE). Four enterprises could be up for strategic disinvestment in the first phase of the government pl

Government to review NITI Aayog’s proposals for strategic disinvestment

 The government will soon take up proposals for strategic disinvestment of central public sector undertakings, from the list submitted by the government think tank NITI Aayog. 

Railway practice to “overcharge” goods customers unhealthy: Niti Aayog

Niti Aayog, in its report Impact of `Social Service Obligations` by Indian Railways, said that inefficiency in railways cost structure significantly contributes to the losses in passenger service b

MoU targets set for 234 CPSEs

 The department of public enterprises has completed the MoU or the incentive-based target setting exercise for central public sector enterprises CPSEs for the current fiscal. The government ha

Why winding up MCI with the NMC bill makes sense

India faces an unenviable challenge of tackling the dual burden of diseases and lack of qualified health personnel. The number of surgeons, anaesthetists and obstetricians per hundred thousand peop

15 sick PSUs to be shut

 The government has decided to shut down 15 loss-making public sector units (PSUs), of which at least five have been cleared by the cabinet. By taking this step, it is opting to go against int

India must become cashless by 2025, says Amitabh Kant

India must aim to become a cashless and paper-less society by 2025, otherwise it will be difficult to reduce costs of transactions, said Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog. Kant showed a

Why replacing MCI with NMC makes sense

India faces an unenviable challenge of tackling the dual burden of diseases and lack of qualified health personnel. A 2015 PricewaterhouseCoopers report estimates that we are short of three million

NMC bill is the first step in larger reforms in health sector: NITI Aayog advisor

Is the way MCI being run the only problem or the issue is about its rules, regulations and mandate?  It was both. There were structural problems

PSUs to seek approval from Niti Aayog for joint ventures

 The NITI Aayog, besides identifying PSUs for strategic sales and monitoring the closure of loss making firms, will now also give approvals to the state-run entities to set up financial joint

Case against cash

Can you imagine a day without cash? The answer is an obvious ‘no’. The rustle of notes and jingle of coins still have the power to light up any face. In fact, more than 99 percent of tr

Cabinet expected to clear stake sale in 20 PSUs

 The cabinet is expected to clear the plan to cut majority stake in around 20 state-run enterprises on Wednesday. These also include several profit-making companies, signalling a restart of eq

UPI can be critical component for cashless initiatives

In April, former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan launched united payment interface (UPI), a payment technology product by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), an umbre

Cabinet’s nod for Niti Aayog’s proposal for PSU strategic stake

The union cabinet chaired by prime minister c has given in-principle approval to Niti Aayog’s proposal for strategic sale in public sector undertakings (PSUs), on Thursday. The Cabinet meetin

Cabinet’s nod for Niti Aayog’s proposal for PSU strategic stake

The union cabinet chaired by prime minister c has given in-principle approval to Niti Aayog’s proposal for strategic sale in public sector undertakings (PSUs), on Thursday. The Cabinet meetin

NITI Aayog says no proposal for MTNLS’s disinvestment or closure

 The government has ruled out the disinvestment plan for state-run Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), for the time being. After massive protests by employees` union of MTNL, NITI Aayog

Is India headed towards becoming a cashless economy?

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s dramatic Tuesday evening announcement to scrap currency notes of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 denomination is aimed putting an end to the grey economy,

Steps have been taken to tackle black money: Amitabh Kant

The government has initiated numerous steps to combat the scourge of corruption and black money in the last two and a half years, said NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Thursday. Addres

India gets an index that shows states` performance on health outcomes

The National Index for Performance on Health Outcomes was launched at Niti Aayog on Friday. The index, spearheaded by NITI Aayog along with the health ministry, will nudge states tow

Civvies won’t march, fatigues won’t scribe

Civil-military relations is not a happy phrase because it suggests a basic dichotomy and opposition between the civilian and the military perspectives. Differences in viewpoints give rise to typica

Agriculture has shown resilience to demonetisation effect: Niti Aayog blog

The growth story of agriculture is intact as demonetisation is found to cause small and insignificant effect on growth of output as well as farmers’ income, said a blog hosted on the Niti A

Issues regarding arbitration need to be addressed at policy level: Niti Aayog

In addition to restructuring the arbitration setup, there are a few issues that need to be addressed at the policy level, said a Niti Aayog report which added that foremost amongst these is ensurin

Need to implement accounting reforms in railways: Niti Aayog

The urgent need of implementing Accounting Reforms (AR) in Indian Railways (IR) is widely recognized and accepted, said a Niti Aayog note. The note by economist and Niti Aayog member

The original ‘game-changer’ is floundering, reports say

The direct benefits transfer (DBT) was supposed to be the original ‘game-changer’ – in the words of the then finance minister P Chidambaram when it was announced in late 2012. It

Focus on labour intensive sectors: Niti Aayog blog

The skill ecosystem today is struggling to make skill aspirational as vocational education carries a negative perception vis-a-vis formal education, said a blog hosted on the Niti Aayog website.

Economic Survey quotes Governance Now

The direct benefits transfer (DBT) was supposed to be the original ‘game-changer’ – in the words of the then finance minister P Chidambaram when it was announced in late 2012. DBT

India can grow as ocean based blue economy: Niti Aayog blog

India’s commitment to strengthen its cooperation with the regional partners and build a sustainable ocean economy aligns well with its domestic mega-modernisation projects that will enable th

Need for state laws for compulsory registration of marriages

Indian women marrying NRIs, glamorous though it sounds, has recently become a cause of serious concern. The reason for this is the alarmingly high rates of desertion of women marrying NRIs, said

Plan scheme to bridge irrigation gap: Niti Aayog

Repair, Renovation and Restoration of existing water bodies should be given very high priority for water management particularly in drought-prone areas. In such areas, inventory of water bodies in

Develop integrated clean cooking policy: Niti Aayog blog

  One shortcoming of the schemes for fuel for cooking in rural areas is “they do not take into account the gender aspect of access to clean energy”, noted a Niti Aayo

Non-operating units of CCI to be disinvested first

The non-operating units of Cement Corporation of India Limited (CCI) are to be disinvested first as a part of its strategic disinvestment.   Babul Supriyo, minister o

India still undecided on poverty line

A task force has recommended that an expert committee be set up to arrive at an informed decision on the level at which the poverty line should be set, the Lok

Internet, unto the last

Like millions of social media addicts, Shahnaz, who cooks in people’s homes for a living and lives in Gautampuri, Delhi, loves WhatsApp. Hopping from kitchen to kitchen, she likes to stay in

Challenges with regulation of medical education: Niti Aayog

  There are challenges with the regulation of medical education for Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy, said a Niti Aayog report.   A Prelimi

Performance of district hospitals can now be tracked

  Tracking the performance of district hospitals spread across the country just got easier, with the Niti Aayog working out the metrics and developing a framework. &n

NITI Aayog rolls out three year action agenda

 Even as a vision and a strategy agenda is in "advanced stages" of finalisation at NITI Aayog, the government think tank has released a draft three year action agenda for public cons

Grasp the nettle by taxing rich farmers

  The tax net needs to be expanded and the rich farmers must pay up their taxes. This week saw quite a bit of going back and forth over this prickly issue after Niti Aayog member

For efficient governance, consider lateral entry, longer tenure and outsourcing

‘Three Year Action Agenda’, a document prepared by the NITI Aayog and released for public consultation on April 27, devotes a chapter on ‘Government’, with the government th

BharatNet project progress less than satisfactory: NITI Aayog

Taking note of the slow progress in the execution of the plan to provide high speed internet connectivity to all village panchayats, government think tank NITI Aayog has urged the department of tel

Niti Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya on India’s growth prospects

Arvind Panagariya’s is one of the most elegantly done up offices in Lutyens’ Delhi. Its modern furnitu

Niti Aayog wants higher taxes on petrol, more parking fee

 Are you ready to pay higher taxes on petrol to help curb air pollution? In its three-year action, Niti Aayog proposes it and says that it will “encourage commuters to share cars and tak

Niti Aayog bats for GM seeds

 Niti Aayog is open to the idea of utilizing genetically modified (GM) seeds to help in agricultural growth. The three year action agenda of Niti Aayog says, “Genetically modif

Doubling farmers’ income challenging, yet attainable: Niti Aayog

The low level of farmers` income and year to year fluctuations in it are a major source of agrarian distress. This distress is spreading and getting severe over time impacting almost half of the

Niti Aayog calls for moderate taxes

Niti Aayog has recommended keeping tax levels moderate in order to tackle black money.   “Structural changes to reduce flows of black money will involve keeping

Avoid activities that don’t serve public purpose: Niti Aayog to govt

Niti Aayog has suggested that the government should avoid activities that don’t serve any public purpose.   “India’s choice to build a socialist pat

National Nutrition Strategy released

India pays an income penalty of 9 to 10 percent as the workforce was stunted during their childhood, showed the National Nutrition Strategy released by NITI Aayog.  The government th

Niti Aayog is hiring

 Niti Aayog wants to hire research associates as well as research assistants. The Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office is looking to engage research associates and research a

Niti Aayog calls for ‘exams on demand’

Niti Aayog has suggested holding “exams on demand” so that school students can take the tests whenever they are ready. “Under the RTE, everyone is promoted till class VIII

India has large and growing horizontal fiscal imbalances: Report

Fiscal transfers from the centre to states are critical in India. Unlike in many developed federations when the tax base differentials are not very significant, India has large and growing horizont

Air pollution: If only Niti Aayog had been heard

Niti Aayog had come up with suggestions on how to tackle air pollution, much before smog smothered Delhi and its neighbouring states. However, the recommendations were not implemented.

Smoke across the border

Main hawa hoon, kahan watan mera? (I’m the wind...do I have a nation to call my own?) Thus goes a famous Urdu ghazal, written by the Indore-born Ameeq Hanafi and soulfully sung by the Hussain

Feebate program under consideration

The launch of a thoughtfully designed and carefully implemented feebate program in India will help the country reach its goals of clean mobility and a prosperous economy. It will also set an exampl

Reboot PPP in India, says Niti Aayog specialist

The government needs to undertake more concerted efforts to revive the credibility of Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework and build capacity within various public institutions for PPP implem

Delhi govt policy soon to incentivise switch from fuels to electric

The Delhi government is soon likely to come out with a policy to incentivise people willing to shift from fossil fuels as an energy source to electric (energy), transport minister Kailash Gahlot sa

Rolling on electricity

A NITI Aayog report says India has the potential to save about $60 billion in petrol and diesel costs if it goes in a big way for electric vehicles. There are challenges, no doubt; but the advantag

Sustainable development of India: Is CSR the solution?

Prime minister Narendra Modi has urged corporates to contribute towards the national development agenda through corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, but the corporates are still caught

Manufacturing will remain dark horse for economy: Niti Aayog expert

Manufacturing will remain the dark horse for the Indian economy, especially as labour-intensive industries shift from China, writes Sukhgeet Kaur, director, project appraisal and management divisio

Municipalities need to be financially empowered: Experts

Municipalities in India have a long way to go in gaining access to buoyant revenue sources from states, utilising such revenue sources optimally through effective assessments, billings and collecti

Farmers earn just Rs 6,426 in a month

The average monthly income per agricultural household from all sources is estimated to be Rs. 6,426, according to the latest “Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households” con

Dry and thirsty

India is facing its ‘worst’ water crisis in history, according to the government’s think-tank NITI Aayog’s Composition Water Management Index (CWMI) report. Moreover, by 203

GNFC Ltd to disburse fertilizer subsidy through blockchain

NITI Aayog will implement a proof-of-concept application of blockchain technology in partnership with Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GNFC) fertilizer subsidy management

Why not have only public healthcare, education?

It happens in the US, UK and many other developed countries, then why not in India? The word ‘sarkari’ is scary enough for the Indian middle class, leave alone the elite. Even as the ad

Getting detailed with river water

Long-time residents of Varanasi say that among their fondest memories is of sitting on the ghats and watching dolphins frolick in the Ganga. These days though, no one sees them. “Some 25-30 y

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