The crucial role NITI Aayog played in four years of Modi sarkar
The NITI Aayog has played a crucial role in the four year that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been in power. Make in India, Digital India have been the highlights of the Modi government which completed four years in office.
To deliver Government services to citizens electronically by improving online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity, the Digital India initiative was launched. Digital India consists of three core components- Creation of digital infrastructure; Delivery of services digitally; Digital literacy.
Here are the initiatives by NITI Aayog in the past four years:
Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) including Self-Employment and Talent Utilization (SETU) is Government of India's endeavour to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Its objective is to serve as a platform for promotion of world-class Innovation Hubs, Grand Challenges, Start-up businesses and other self-employment activities, particularly in technology driven areas.
Lucky Grahak Yojana: To Promote & Reward Digital Payments through cash prizes for consumers.
Digi-dhan Vyapar Yojana: To Promote & Reward Digital Payments through cash prizes for merchants.
BHIM APP: An indigenous digital payments app BHIM for fast and secure cashless transactions using mobiles. BHIM is a payment platform designed to make UPI and USSD payment modes simpler and usable across feature phones and Smart phones. BHIM App downloads reach 1.25 Crore on 19.1.2017( from Budget)
Make In India: A Government initiative launched by PM Narendra Modi to encourage multi-national, as well as national companies to manufacture their products in India. It aims at promoting exploration, private sector participation and growth through investments.
The positive business environment has helped to continue the growth of the FDI. The FDI equity inflows in the first two quarters of Financial Year (FY) 2016-17 were 30% higher than those ecorded last year.
Mining: FDI equity Inflows: FDI equity inflows in the sector increased by 1606% to USD 1.2 billion during Apr 2014 - Mar 2016 compared to USD 70.62 million during Apr 2012 - Mar 2014.
Apparel: Between March 2014 and March 2016 the FDI equity inflows in the Textiles sector added up to USD 427.55 million. FDI equity inflow, grew by 16% in FY 2015-16 over FY 2013-14.
New and Renewable Energy: To meet the rising demand and manage the gaps in capacity of trained manpower, the Government in May 2015 set a target of achieving 50,000 "Surya Mitras" of skilled manpower in solar energy sector by 2019-20. 5,492 Surya Mitras have been trained under the program as on September 30, 2016 with over 150 institutes across the country implementing the Surya Mitra program and creating job opportunities for unemployed youth. Currently, 3000 are undergoing training.
Total FDI equity inflow in the non-conventional energy sector during April 2014 to September 2016 was USD 1.77 billion.
Digital India: To deliver Government services to citizens electronically by improving online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity. Digital India consists of three core components- Creation of digital infrastructure; Delivery of services digitally; Digital literacy.
For the BharatNet Project, the allocation has been stepped up to Rs.10,000 crores in 2017-18. 1,55,000 kms of Optical Fiber Cables have been laid down to connect gram panchayats. Over 82% Indians can access telecommunication Services in the country.
By the end of 2017-18, high speed broadband connectivity on optical fiber will be available in more than 1, 50,000 gram panchayats, with wifi hot spots and access to digital services at low tariffs.
Significant Achievements of NITI Aayog"
Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital
Furthering the agenda for cooperative federalism, NITI Aayog launched SATH, a program providing 'Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital' to work with the State Governments. The aim is to initiate transformation in education and health by handholding states to improve their social sector indicators. The program will also address States' need for technical support.
In the first phase, the SATH initiative will be implemented in six States. NITI has selected Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Karnataka to improve healthcare delivery and key health indicators. In education, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Jharkhand have been selected to better learning outcomes. The six States have been chosen after a rigorous competitive process based on comprehensive metrics to determine potential for impact and likelihood of success.
These six states are being built as 'role models' for health and education systems in India. NITI is working in close collaboration with the state machinery to design a robust roadmap of intervention, develop a program governance structure, set up monitoring and tracking mechanisms and provide support on a range of institutional measures. The program will be implemented by NITI along with McKinsey & Company and IPE Global consortium, who have been selected through a competitive bidding process. All stakeholders involved in the programme will be under pressure to initiate reforms or processes which will show improvement in education and learning outcomes from the day of signing of the MOU with NITI.