Mahesh Vyas of the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) responds to the Niti Aayog vice-chairman’s dismissal of CMIE’s research on unemployment in India.
Speaking to The Wire, Kumar also defends the Modi government’s handling of GST, and its record on employment and GDP growth.
The Indian government seems to have fallen for the Big Business’ agenda of using electric cars even as climate change is accelerating.
Civil society organisations are furious and have reminded the Centre of Modi’s electoral promise to not construct dams if opposed by locals.
Opposition parties and leaders may or may not be able to cobble together a coherent counter-narrative, but citizens are beginning to take note of the abuse of public confidence and poll promises.
The government is finalising a pilot project in line with NITI Aayog’s recent suggestion that children and mothers be given cash transfers instead of cooked or uncooked food.
There a growing chasm between corporate India’s hiring strategy and the aspirations of India’s young workers
Kumar was a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. He holds a DPhil in economics from Oxford and a PhD from Lucknow University.
The Swadeshi Jagran Manch has accused the pharmaceutical department of undermining the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Agency and diluting its powers.
In 2013, Rajiv Kumar had advocated that a troubled Indian economy should approach the IMF for help. Today he believes that India is better off without foreign academic and institutional help.
The success of Rajiv Kumar’s tenure, who has moved from the left of the ideological spectrum to the right, will depend whether he succeeds in moving the Aayog away from being a government mouthpiece and creating a shared narrative around job creation.
If deregulation of hiring and firing is desirable, then greater regulation of working conditions is also necessary.
Kumar, a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, will take up the reins from economist Arvind Panagariya, who put in his papers four days ago.
There are many policy uncertainties in this new draft, especially in the area of renewable energy, and a surprising faith in coal-based thermal power plants.
New Delhi: Arvind Panagariya, a top economic adviser to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has resigned from his post at the government’s main policy think tank NITI Aayog, according to reports on Tuesday. TV and other news outlets cited the veteran supply-side economist as saying he was standing down […]
Criticism of Modi’s Economic Policies Within the Sangh Parivar Can Be Both Stringent and Wide-Ranging
From genetically modified crops to job and employment policies, the Swadeshi Jagran Manch has vocally opposed the Modi government’s decisions.
Data from 2013 and even 2011 – before the Modi government was in power – was referenced in a Lok Sabha session to answer queries on the current issues in the agriculture sector.
Karnataka’s public-private partnership healthcare models show that regulations are often flouted and profit-making supersede patients’ needs.
The NITI Aayog’s draft national energy policy seeks to keep India’s economy heavily reliant on fossil fuels even in 2040.
While Mumbai has introduced e-waste segregation, Bengaluru has imposed penalties to ensure waste segregation at source.
IIMC, which the proposal wants merged with JNU, has opposed the idea, saying the institute performs several unique functions.
The HRD ministry’s new rules for giving ISBNs to publishers are inexplicable – why should the applicant get clearance from NITI Aayog?
Given the muscular regulatory state in India, the NITI Aayog’s progressive take on regulation in the context of innovation is a much-needed breath of fresh air.
NITI Aayog’s research on drug deregulation continues unabated, even as two Union ministers have said they will follow the prime minister’s vision on affordable healthcare.
Raising productivity, reforming land policies and solving the remunerative price mess will require massive amounts of public investment and political will. Is the Modi government up to the task?
The Three Year Action Agenda of the Niti Aayog is the first major government document to be released since the implementation of the new Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016.
The government’s premier policy-formulating agency recently recommended measures to deregulate the pharmaceutical sector and make essential medicines more expensive.
India wants to nearly triple its production capacity by the next decade and acquire technology to produce higher value products including automotive steel.
Swadeshi Jagran Manch has accused several government arms of lobbying for pharmaceutical companies and negating the NPPA’s attempts to make medicines affordable.
The Niti Aayog has suggested the introduction of a ‘judicial performance index’ to check the delay in trials and look into the pendency of cases.
The prime minister also urged states, local governments and NGOs to decide goals for 2022 and work towards achieving them.
The policy falls somewhere between a comprehensive plan for major expansion of public health services, socialisation of the private sector and extreme privatisation.
While international commitments to clean energy have been made, in the absence of a clear energy policy, estimates for increasing power capacity from coal continues to grow.
Far from the UBI schemes proposed in advanced economies, in India it’s a question of whether the Centre can juggle its finances and find a better way of delivering welfare.
There are several issues with the National Medical Commission Bill – the primary being that it fails to provide a holistic approach to healthcare, and excludes nurses, paramedics and other medical professionals from its ambit.
Now is the time to visualise an alternate vision for the world. Sport can be a useful ally in that endeavour, but that can only start if we see sport in a more realistic light.
One of the government’s biggest failures has been its handling of Kashmir, singularly blaming Pakistan for everything that went wrong without understanding the nature of civil violence in the state.
The Modi government is looking to tap into the sporting nature of most Indians, yet refuses to legalise the larger betting and lottery industry.
Demonetisation has hit every sector of the economy from construction to automobile at the same time and its ripple effects are likely to be felt for months to come.
A significant lesson for Britain as it prepares to leave the EU is that it cannot run a strict visa regime and at the same time expect open doors for goods and services.