For far too long, the subject of urban development and rural development has been dealt with as autonomous activities by policy-makers, academia and civil society. This is reflected not only in the designs of various schemes and programmes, but also in the standards followed, the implementation methodology and the expected outcomes. In the end, those living in rural areas feel dissatisfied with the quality of life.
Is the coming decade ‘India’s decade’? Substantial change is elusive to see when you are in the same place for years at a time, but for a visitor, it can be startling. Across India, in our cities, smaller towns and increasingly our villages, what we are now seeing is a burgeoning of economic activity - greater investment, more jobs, and rising economic activity that is visible in the hustle and bustle of our local markets and mandis.
Today, we are following a path of economic development based on capitalism. This is simply because, whether one likes it or not, the world over, no one has found a better developmental model.
Today, when everyone is talking about the ‘India Decade’, one question that arises is whether it is the one that has just gone by or it is the one ahead.
Rapid urbanisation has put intense pressure on cities, their infrastructure and their natural environment. Given the problems faced by Indian cities in terms of poor, inadequate and failing infrastructure related to urban housing for the poor,
I Before discussing reforms since 1991, one should begin by asking what one means by economic reforms. Sometimes expressions like first generation and second generation are also used, suggesting that the first generation reforms
In the last decade, the Government of India (GoI) has launched several flagship programmes in the social sector, presenting a unique opportunity to accelerate social development and to cover the gap between the desired Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their present
N C Saxena
While recognising that monetary policy has to be consistent with the overall macroeconomic framework, most economists in the government and the academic world have negative thoughts regarding its role. The miscued appreciation of monetary
S S Tarapore
Since Independence, the size of the public sector has increased, and currently, there are 473 central PSUs, including banks and insurance companies at the State level there are 1,160 PSUs.
Vijay L Kelkar
The Indian technology and business services industry has had a phenomenal run over the last 10 years, contributing massively to the country’s growth. The industry has grown from $4 billion in revenues in 1998 to a $59.6 billion giant today, employing over 2.3 million people, and has had an unparalleled impact
Financial inclusion is fair, timely and adequate access to financial services that include saving, credit, payment and remittance facilities at an affordable cost, and in a transparent manner through institutional agencies.
Cloud computing is a fairly new technology that has evoked considerable interest in the IT industry because of its capability to offer high quality of service (QoS) at a fraction of the cost of making exclusive infrastructure.
Korath V Mathew
In a democracy, one of the important functions of the government is to provide a whole array of services to citizens, and to do so in an efficient, cost-effective, accountable and transparent manner. In a country like India, access to services is an additional factor.
We are facing multi-faceted security challenges today. There are security challenges from cross border terrorism, insurgency, particularly in North East India, and there is the Maoist movement, which is mainly a clash of ideologies, as the rebels are opposed to parliamentary democracy.
Gopal Krishna Pillai
The office of Controller of Certifying Authorities was established under the Information Technology Act 2000, section (17) to, regulate Public Key Infrastructure in India.
The new decade has begun. One, which for many rises from the ashes of one of the worst financial crises to hit the world in living memory. At the beginning of this decade, we begin with hope based on trends and hopefully with greater clarity in understanding and thought and firmer support systems for purposive action.
It was in November last year that state-owned Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) joined hands with private sector companies for deploying 31,000 virtual desktops in ESIC offices and clinics across the country.
India, in the last decade has seen rapid growth in all sectors of the economy fuelled by numerous government initiatives. As we go into the next decade, technology is expected to be a key enabler to sustain this engine of growth.
The decade starting 2010 is going to be a particularly important one because it is our performance in this decade that will determine whether we are ready to reap our demographic dividend, realise our growth potential and build a more inclusive society.
There is a fundamental shift taking place in the government sector, which is increasingly realising that to provide services to citizens, it will have to go digital. While it is putting in place the necessary infrastructure, a more important challenge before it is to create the necessary content.
About five years ago, in the October of 2005, Bill Gates wrote to senior executives in Microsoft about an ‘opportunity is to utilise the Internet to make software far more powerful by incorporating