Monthly Archives: February 2015

From the Editor

I met a senior Secretary in the Government of India last year. Belonging to a middle-class family in Uttar Pradesh—his father was a school teacher in a small town and mother was a housewife—he was in a mood for introspection. … Continue reading

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Modi’s mission for transforming India

six-decade-old Planning Comission has been disbanded and the new Niti Aayog has been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the target of giving more autonomy to the States to plan and utilise the resources in a true sense of … Continue reading

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Define the nuts and bolts

The functions of the Niti Aayog and how it will proceed to transform India need to be spelt out clearly and without much delay In his first flush of governance reforms, the Prime Minister announced the abolition of the Planning … Continue reading

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From Planning to Transformation: An uphill task!

The task is cut out for the new avatar of the now disbanded Planning Commission At The Economic Times’ Global Business Summit in mid-January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid out his Transformation Agenda in no uncertain terms. After presenting a … Continue reading

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Niti Aayog or Atithi Aayog?

Simple solutions lie buried in the reports of a myriad Commissions and Committees. All we need is implementation When I first heard the policy pronouncement of the new government that the Planning Commission was going to be abolished, I felt … Continue reading

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Bose : pioneer of planning in India

In keeping with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s thinking, rename Yojna Bhavan as Subhas Sadan Contrary to popular belief, the now deceased Planning Commission was not a legacy of Jawaharlal Nehru. The blueprint for this institution was outlined by Netaji Subhas … Continue reading

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All for a price

Politicians of all hues have incorporated the Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway Authorities into their fiefdoms Right from recruitment of employees to their promotions, transfers and revocation of suspensions to allocation of tenders for works in different residential and … Continue reading

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It is the system, stupid!

A change in systems contributes much more to the performance of an organisation than mere change in persons working in it THE now famous slogan, ‘It’s the economy, stupid’, is given a big chunk of the credit for the election-winning … Continue reading

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Be wary of lobbyists

Shubhabrata Bhattacharya analyses the possible move for lateral inductions in public appointments and cautions against the perils of unsavoury lobbying In order to take the reform process—the Naya Daur (new era) initiated by Narendra Modi—to its next level, it may … Continue reading

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Tobacco: A Catch-22 situation

It’s easy to say that there should be a ban on tobacco. But, till the farmers get an equally profitable option, it is a difficult step to take Annual loss of over Rs. 25,000 crore (over Rs. 19,000-crore excise duty … Continue reading

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