Hundreds of farmers suicides in the recent months across the country, including the one committed at a political rally in front of thousands of people in the national capital, have put the spotlight on the agricultural crisis in India. It has created a lot of noise in the media and the political circles More...
Nearly 65 per cent of our population is below the age of 35 years. Just imagine the energy and potential of this talent pool. It can write a new history for our Nation. In fact, for the whole world! We just need to empower our youth with skills so that they can ensure their own development and growth of India.
Digital India's real test will be in bridging the digital divide in India. In a way, Prime Minister's call for improving centre-state relations will be proven by how well the Digital India furthers the cause of federalism. Decentralisation has to be at the core of e-governance strategy.
R Chandrashekar, President, NASSCOM, in conversation with Sameer Kochhar, Editor-in-Chief, INCLUSION
Ajay Kumar, Joint Secretary, DeitY, Ministry of Communication & IT and Director General, National Informatics Centre in conversation with Sameer Kochhar, Editor-in-Chief, INCLUSION
The debate over technology choices is not new. We have been talking about this for at least 15-20 years. Innovations have far surpassed this debate. Innovations are happening so fast that it has made the technology choice debate redundant. What technology to be used would be best determined by the markets and the users. It cannot and should not be done by regulation or regulators.
I appreciate that the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has announced the "Policy on Adoption of Open Source Software for Government of India" and also brought out the policy framework for rapid and effective adoption.
In India, we are encountering a unique situation. We decide on what technologies to be used without sometimes having a clarity on what are the services that we intend to deliver. It is dichotomous. Isn't it? It is my long-held belief that, it is government's job to define services and leave the technology choices to the market forces.
Deepak B Phatak
The Indian economy in general has made rapid strides in the recent past. However, a sizeable section of the population, particularly the vulnerable groups, such as weaker sections and low income groups, continue to remain excluded from even the most basic opportunities and services provided by the financial sector including Insurance.
"No One Killed Agriculture" was the cover story of April-June 2012 edition of INCLUSION. It highlighted the plight of farmers and suggested detailed, practical and workable solutions, at the centre of which was availability of formal bank credit. In fact, INCLUSION has been pitching for enhanced formal bank credit to farm sector for more than a decade.
Under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), India along with other developing countries, has committed to eradicate extreme poverty. The deadline to achieve the goal is 31st December 2015. However, according to a recent United Nations report, nearly 300 million people still live in extreme poverty in India and face deprivation in terms of access to basic services, including education, health, water and sanitation.
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines poverty as "the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions." However, poverty is not simply characterised by a lack of adequate income. It has far reaching implications.
S S Mundra
I am in politics for over 35 years. Since early days we have been talking about poverty alleviation. "Garibi Hatao" (remove poverty) slogan was given in early 1970s. Since then a number of schemes have been introduced aimed at removing poverty. I am not saying that nothing has happened. But surely the pace has not been good.
The Indian economy is predominantly cash-driven with only 5 per cent of the country's Personal Consumption Expenditure done electronically. This shows that there is a huge unexplored market for payment companies. It will require all players across the payments value chain to create much greater innovation in payment services.
A chain, they say, is only as strong as its weakest link. How then are societies and economies grow successfully without safeguarding and strengthening their weakest members?
Poverty remains one of the most pressing challenges facing the country today. But why are the people poor? Why are able-bodied working age group people poor? Old people, disabled people, that's different.
As we embarked on a period of planning after independence, import substitution constituted a major component of India's trade and industrial policies. Planners, more or less, chose to ignore the option of foreign trade as a stimulant of economic growth. This was primarily due to the highly pessimistic view taken on the potential of export earnings.
Madhya Pradesh has taken Make-in-India initiative very seriously. Soon after the announcement of the initiative at the national level, the state came out with a set of programmes and policy direction to make Madhya Pradesh a manufacturing hub. The idea is to push for Make-in-Madhya Pradesh initiative with focus on MSMEs.
Anthony de Sa