Governance

31 March 2015
'Tech neutrality, level playing field key success factors for Digital India'

"We should not make technology choices nor specify technology, rather specify services. It does not matter which technology powers up the services," said Ram Sewak Sharma, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY). He said this while stressing that the ambitious Rs 113,000 crore Digital India plan will require a lot to be done and undone when it comes to making technology choices, its procurement and implementation across the government system. This emanates from an increasing realisation in the government that the time has come to focus on delivery of services and leave the choice of technology to the market forces.

27 March 2015
Second generation reformists pass baton to the third generation

India is promising an ambitious third generation economic and governance reform. For all of us who want to see a richer, freer and more confident India, we can only hope that they succeed and not lose steam. The change of government in 2014 has brought about a new wave of optimism, rising from the belief that the moment for India to make better progress on the kind of reforms that the country needs - and deserves - has finally arrived.

26 March 2015
Shankar Acharya conferred 1st Vijay Kelkar award for excellence in public finance

Skoch Group has instituted Vijay Kelkar Award in honour of noted economist and Chairman of 13th Finance Commission Vijay L Kelkar. The first award was conferred on Shankar Acharya, eminent economist and the longest serving Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India, for excellence in public finance.

23 March 2015
Third Generation Economic Reforms is on: Jayant Sinha

The generational shift in India's economic reforms is taking place, with the NDA government working on the third generation of reforms, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said at the 39th Skoch Summit.Speaking at the concluding ceremony of the two-days conference organised by the Skoch Group that debated the theme 'From Dole to Development', Sinha said catalysing competitive federalism, global competitiveness, infrastructure development and innovation are the four important facets of the third generation reforms the government is intent on advancing.

21 March 2015
Subsidies must create productive assets: Najma Heptulla

The government subsidies must be directed at providing "permanent solution" to the country's most pressing problem of poverty by creating productive assets, Union Minister of Minority Affairs Najma Heptulla said at the Skoch Summit here.

21 March 2015
Skilling Not Cost, is the Problem of Women Empowerment: Maneka Gandhi

New Delhi, Mar 20: When it comes to women empowerment, giving proper training is the key problem area, said Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development at the 39th Skoch Summit here on Friday.

20 March 2015
Aadhaar is not entitlement but 'pure identity': DeitY Secretary R S Sharma

Aadhaar provides citizens with an identity, but it should not be confused with entitlements, Secretary of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) Ram Sewak Sharma said at Skoch Summit here.

20 March 2015
Composite index needed to measure poverty: RBI Deputy Governor

India needs a new measure to indicate its poverty that reflects the progress, or the lack of it, in the provision of basic necessities like health, education and sanitation for the citizens, Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor S S Mundra said. Speaking at the first day of the two-day 39th Skoch Summit here, Mundra, who oversees banking supervision, currency management, financial stability and rural credit at the central bank, said such an index will make delivery of the government welfare schemes and services more meaningful and outcome-oriented.

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