Team Inclusion, 13 Nov 2014
When we talk of government services, the image of long queues, unending delays, chaotic offices and piles of paper, automatically crops in our mind. This was true for all levels of government - the Centre, the states as well as the local bodies. However, things are changing gradually for better with the use of information and communication technology. Some of the organisations have successfully transformed their way of functioning and service delivery system with the help of modern technology. Full Article
Letter from the Editor
Whenever I meet senior bureaucrats at the centre, I always ask one question, so what has changed with the Modi government? Almost in unison the single biggest change that they talk about is that all crony capitalist pulls and pressures are off and now they actually feel that they are working for India and not for person.
Not all awards are laudatory, some are real
It's a matter of pride that India has fared once again in the prestigious list of Nobel Laureates. In an individual capacity Mother Teresa received the last one from India in 1979. The feat is repeated with Kailash Satyarthi, a child rights activist, emerging as a choice of Norwegian Nobel Committee.
Making cities 'Smart'
One of the top agendas of Narendra Modi government is to build 100 smart cities. This will be the biggest city-building exercise in the Indian history. The government has already set the ball rolling, making budgetary provision of Rs 7,060 crore for the project in the current financial year.
Atul K Thakur, 30 Oct 2014
Vinod Rai is not just accountant - he is an impulsive writer too who writes diary to keep the conscience of the nation, as confirmed by him through the title of his truly sensational book.
Sameer Kochhar, 20 Oct 2014
The post of Chief Economic Adviser is often mired with controversy - some look it as just a finance minister's aide while others perceive it as the government's chief economic trouble-shooter. Whichever way you look at it, the new CEA Arvind Subramanian's task will not be that cushy considering his own predictions about the Indian economy soon after the Lehman crisis of 2008.
R K Ray, 17 Oct 2014
Inheriting a legacy of jobless growth is not a very happy situation for any new government. But Narendra Modi took up this daunting challenge as an opportunity to unleash some of the radical labour reforms - one that not only would please labourers but also meet the needs of India Inc, steps that remove irritants in doing business and help in reducing compliance time and cost.
Sameer Kochhar, 16 Oct 2014
Whenever I meet senior bureaucrats at the centre, I always ask one question. So what has changed with the Modi Government? Almost in unison the single biggest change that they talk about is that all crony capitalist pulls and pressures are off and now they actually feel that they are working for India and not for a person. There is a new - found sense of empowerment and most believe that the government will stand behind their decisions and they would not be hauled over hot coals for bona fide mistakes.
R K Ray, 15 Oct 2014
While there has been little doubt that inflation-hawk Raghuram Rajan has been unmindful of the growth imperatives, the question now is whether the RBI ignores even the low inflation numbers.
After the latest data showed consumer price index-based retail inflation at 6-year low of 6.5 per cent for September, the wholesale price index-based headline inflation at 5-year low of 2.38 percent.
Gyanendra Keshri, 14 Oct 2014
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been hawkish on policy rates for the past four years to contain inflation. The central bank has maintained tight monetary policy despite reservations from the elected representatives and the government. What's worse, the hawkish stance had little perceptible impact on the price rise, as the inflation remained stubbornly high.
The new government has started an ambitious financial inclusion plan that aims to bring every household under the banking net by 26th January 2015. Financial inclusion has been a buzzword for quite some time.
The current round of economic slowdown in India can be attributed more to domestic factors rather than the global economic order, which is rebounding. Manufacturing has been the primary dampening factor. Which is why, the "Make in India" campaign is timely and needs to be implemented on a war-footing, points out Raj Kumar Ray
Acquisition of land by government and corporates has lately drawn resistance in many cases due to inadequate compensation and loss of livelihoods of the affected people, as well as for involuntary displacement without proper rehabilitation. NC Saxena analyses the issues related to land acquisition in respect of the new laws and its impact on infrastructure and industry
Cities are engines of growth. Although, just over 30 per cent Indians live in cities, they contribute more than 60 per cent to the country's GDP and 80 per cent of tax revenue. But city dwellers face many challenges from poor supply of water, power to other infrastructure related problems, writes M Ramachandran
The idea of encouraging and enabling separate ministries to open their minds and doors to the activities of other ministries that offer synergy has long been overdue. It needed an"outsider", as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi describes himself, to recognise this and push ministries into cooperating rather than creating competing or contentious fiefdoms.
The Prime Minister's clarion call to make the Indian textiles the biggest employer in the manufacturing sector and the second largest employer in the country after agriculture is all set to streamline the prospects of social and economic inclusion.