Lok Sabha elections are the tumultuous test of democracy—the pinnacle of people’s participation in governance. At the peak of this summer a new Government will be at the helm at Raisina Hill. It will assume office at a time when the country is facing severe challenges, particularly macroeconomic.
There is rising debate about patriotism in the country. In the run up to the elections the debate has intensified. Attempts have been made to define and re-define patriotism to suit one’s own interests. Such attempts are divisive and can’t be called patriotism. It is our belief that patriotism cuts much beyond just lip service…
SKOCH is spearheading a national initiative to devise a cyber security strategy and has formed a Cyber Patriots Task Force, the first meeting of which was organised recently in New Delhi. Chaired by National Cyber Security Coordinator, Gulshan Rai, the multi-stakeholder discussion was attended by members and domain experts drawn from the government, big-5 consulting, enforcement agencies, economists and academia. First of its kind initiative has opened a new debate in public domain on India's emergent need for cyber security policy, reports TEAM INCLUSION
Series of irregularities and frauds have hit the corporate corridors in India in the last few years. There is a general environment of suspicion. It is ironic that we still need to either spell out duties or exert moral pressure to persuade the shareholders to do the right thing, for instance, paying one’s taxes honestly, says Team Inclusion
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector has emerged as a highly vibrant and dynamic sector and is complementary to big industries that contributes greatly to the socio-economic development of the country. They not only suffer policy and regulatory hurdles but also MNC onslaught, writes Gursharan Dhanjal
Dr Gursharan Dhanjal
Today we have in most countries what we call stakeholder democracy, where the last man who has one share or perhaps no share but relationship with a company as a vender, employee or as a member of the society, that last man's interest has to be subsumed in the larger interest of the company.
ModiNomics is about how he had his finger on the pulse of felt-needs of the people of Gujarat and how, through out-of-the-box thinking, he was able to deliver to these. Whether it was Panchayati Raj, agricultural revival, electricity, water supply, infrastructure, IT or education, through an effective mix of common sense, a bottoms-up approach to problems and a very effective bureaucracy, he was able to deliver the wonder that was the Gujarat Model.
Financial literacy is suffering today from the dogma that it is to be imparted only not-for-profit interest or by media. The reality is that the money is being wasted on English business TV channels preaching to the already financially literate. Advertising is disguised as financial literacy right under the regulatory nose. Let us not forget, the BC model became successful only after my recommendation to allow corporate BCs was accepted.
Far-fetched promises have been made by the successive governments and major political parties to eliminate poverty, end social and gender discrimination and make the society more inclusive. This is the election season and tall promises are made again. Most of the promises related to inclusion have been repeated election-after-election. But the millions of people are left at the margins even after over 70 years of independence, says Gyanendra Keshri
Explained in the Interim Budget for 2019-20 the government announced a scheme to provide income support of R6,000 per year for farmer families whose land holding is less than two hectares. Congress party has announced that if voted to power it would provide R72,000 annual free cash to 20 per cent poorest families in the country.
The focus of major mass protests and youth movements in the recent years has been demand for reservation. Marathas are pitching for reservations in Maharashtra, Patidars are seeking reservation in Gujarat and there have been violent protests by Jats in Haryana and Rajasthan for seeking reservation under the OBC category.
Can India deliver economic growth while still being inclusive and an egalitarian society? Is welfare state the way to go? As the debate rages on, future of the country’s growth engine is at stake, says Team Inclusion
"No able bodied working age group person wants to be voluntarily poor. If people are poor, if people can't avail employment opportunities that is because they are deprived of the elements of physical and social infrastructure."
"When the government decides to do a cash transfer it is an acknowledgement of failure of policy reforms. So you are trying to compensate the policy induced losses that farmers have had."
Ajay Vir Jakhar
"PM-KISAN scheme is estimated to benefit over 12-crore farmers across the country. A number of schemes are targeted at the support and welfare of farmers, but none of them are as inclusive as the PM-KISAN scheme."
This is a season of manifestos and economic manifesto becomes really important for both policymakers and the public. I want to raise a couple of questions which can be taken up for public debate.
N K Singh
Every now and then we speculate about the future of India. We are always looking at the past or the future but never the present. I regard India’s problem as late to catch up. More or less the 40-years after independence were wasted. Between 1947 and 1991, India didn’t grow at a decent rate.
Lord Meghnad Desai
In an academic exercise to assess the transition happening in oil industry in India, with focus on recent developments, D C Patra finds out that the Indian oil and gas sector has registered phenomenal growth in both production and consumption.
D C Patra
India has achieved two significant milestones in power sector. The country has emerged as net exporter of electricity and achieved almost 100 per cent electrification. Electricity has reached to every villages in the country and the target of electrifying all households is likely to be achieved soon. The initiatives like Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana - DDUGJY, and integrated Power Development Schemes have played a crucial role in electrifying the country, analyses Team Inclusion
Maharashtra has made significant progress in strengthening production and distribution network of power sector in the past four years. While the state is on course to ensure uninterrupted supply of power, huge subsidies and under collection from agriculture sector pose big challenges,
writes Team Inclusion
Bifurcation of a large state into two is never an easy process. While it comes with the dangers of split resources and lost synergies, it also comes with a small opportunity to shine in its own light. One such opportunity knocked on Andhra Pradesh’s doors in 2014 after Telangana split finally happened. Instead of being bogged down, the state leadership took charge of the reins and turned the state around into a beacon of best practices especially when it comes to the power sector, reports Team Inclusion
Development of infrastructure depends on availability and quality of power. Narendra Modi government initiated various programmes to boost the output and reach of power across the country. To ensure a sustainable growth it is imperative to push for clean energy, says Gursharan Dhanjal
Dr Gursharan Dhanjal
Maheshwari Logistics, a coal and bulk cargo through road transportation logistics company, owns and operates a fleet of more than 100 lorries and trailers. This is in addition to another 5,000 trucks from third party vendors attached to it on a regular basis. During 2018-19, the company transported over 30 lakh tonnes of coal. Given its timely delivery, efficient handling and safe operations, it has become a preferred logistics partner for almost all cement companies in Gujarat and Rajasthan for transporting coal to their plants.
Maharashtra has become one of the largest power producing and consuming states in the country. The state’s importance in the renewables space is also rising day-by-day. To understand the current situation of the power sector, the turnaround of the state discom and the challenges going forward, Team Inclusion spoke with Arvind Singh, Principal Secretary - Energy, Government of Maharashtra.
If one needs to understand power situation in Andhra Pradesh,
K Vijayanand is the man to approach. Vijayanand is an IAS officer who is the chairman of APTRANSCO and managing director of APGENCO. At the helm of these two mammoths, he practically looks after all the aspects of the power sector in the state. In this conversation, he explains to Team INCLUSION why Andhra Pradesh is doing well and where others can catch up.
Cost is a critical element in the growth of renewable energy. Currently, renewable energy production in India is heavily subsidised. The government provides subsidy to promote the use of clean fuel. However, dependence on subsidy is not sustainable. The companies and organisations must innovate to bring down the cost. Madhya Pradesh has shown the way.