New Delhi, 23 September 2015: Transformative governance, both at the front and back ends of the service delivery system, is critically important to push India's social and economic development, Ashok Chawla, Chairman, Competition Commission of India, said at the 41stSkoch Summit on Wednesday.
Mumbai, 11th June 2015: Focus on innovations, inventions and fresh thinking in the areas like education, health, food and housing can help India become $20 trillion economy from the current around $2 trillion, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said at the 40th Skoch Summit here Thursday.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
India should aim at reducing the transaction costs in its Make in India programme because it would not make much sense to create cheaper goods because the labour costs are cheaper, suggested Anthony De Sa, Chief Secretary, government of Madhya Pradesh, while speaking the concluding day of the 39th Skoch Summit here on Saturday.
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.