The state has made efforts to preserve forests and climate
First sate to be given the ODF status. Nobody uses plastic, smokes in public or urinates in the open
In 1985, perhaps the best year in his term, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi made a startling statement. Addressing young bureaucrats, he said only about 15 per cent of every rupee, that is 15 paise of every single rupee, spent for the poor actually reached the poor and the rest disappeared in a mysterious swamp somewhere in-between. He said, he reached this conclusion based on historical and existing evaluations and estimates given to him by officials in the field. His assertion became one of the oft-quoted postulations in India's governance debate ever since.
It is among the best planned city in the country
In the last six years since Narendra Modi moved to the Centre, Gujarat itself has by and large lived up to its name and credibility through the Gujarat Model. One of the reasons why this has happened is that most of the reforms during Modi's three terms as chief minister were institutionalised.
Eons ago, much before we got accustomed to multimedia gizmos that now can live without, Albert Einstein observed: "I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research."
In India, an inability to prove identity is one of the biggest barriers preventing the poor from accessing benefits and subsidies. Public as well as private sector agencies across the country typically require proof of identity before providing individuals with services – be it opening a bank account, getting a phone connection, travelling in a train, applying for school/ college admission, availing subsidised food grains by the underprivileged, applying for a job etc. This approach is especially unfair to India’s poor and underprivileged residents, who usually lack documentation and find it difficult to meet the costs of multiple verification processes.
An essential requirement for envisioning India's future in the coming decade is to recognise that the parameters, which determine national development have changed in recent years and will change further in future. I strongly believe that this would require one to constantly keep changing systems, processes and procedures intact. This will open up greater possibilities than ever before. A powerful set of forces is accelerating the speed of social change throughout the world. These include a rapid rise in the levels of education, high rates of technological innovation and application - ever faster and cheaper communication that dissolves physical and social barriers, both within countries and internationally, an easier access to information and the further opening up of global markets. It is here that IT plays a pivotal role. We have to take Digital India as a business transformation and proactively identify opportunities in advance and invest in it before demand actually arises. Digital transformation is nothing but change management as it impacts all levels of functioning-be it any task, activity or process.