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Amitabh Kant

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    ...In the last three years this work has been undertaken with single minded pursuit, structural reforms vigorously driven, procedures simplified, rules modified and almost 1200 laws abolished. The measures put together have been unprecedented. In the last three years India’s Ease of Doing Business rank has jumped up from 142 to 100 – a jump of 42 positions. The World Bank’s ranking is important as it is widely publicised and plays a significant role in positioning and branding a nation. India is a very large country, and much of the action relating to investments has shifted to states. It is therefore necessary that we make states easy and simple to do business in. ...

    TOI on Nov. 2, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...The chronic impact of stunting on lifelong learning and adult productivity, in addition to increased disease susceptibility, is well known. Going by NFHS-4 results, it appears that 40% of our future workforce will be unable to achieve their full physical and cognitive potential. Unless nutrition is brought centre stage, India will miss out on its window of opportunity by failing to capitalise on its demographic dividend. The burden of malnourishment is more pronounced in certain areas. For example, out of the 201 districts with the highest percentage of stunted children below 5 years of age 53 are in UP, 36 in Bihar, 27 in MP, 17 in Jharkhand and 11 in Rajasthan. If concerted efforts are made in these few states, potential gains are very high. ...

    TOI on Oct. 19, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...According to an analysis, if the nation’s judges closed 100 cases every hour without eating or sleeping, it would take more than 35 years to catch up. 57% of district and subordinate court cases take more than 10 years to dispose of. India ranks 178th among 189 countries on the Enforcing Contracts indicator, making it one of India’s worst performing indicators in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business study. This largely accounts for India’s overall poor ranking and has acted as a major barrier for investments to India. Chief Justice Khehar’s call for judges to give up five days of their summer vacation for the sake of the nation could not have been more timely. In fact, one wonders why the judiciary has a summer vacation at all. The glut of cases in the lower courts is where the root of the problem lies. Most importantly, we need to acknowledge it and monitor it on a continuing basis. ...

    TOI on May 16, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...Yet, less than 15,000 monuments and heritage structures are legally protected in India—a fraction of the 600,000 protected in the UK. Even those structures considered to be of national/state or local importance in India and protected as such remain under threat from urban pressures, neglect, vandalism and, worse, demolition, only for the value of the land they stand upon. This poor state of preservation of a large part of our national heritage is a result of the inability of those entrusted with their care and management to unlock the economic potential of these sites and demonstrate that conservation efforts can lead to meeting development objectives in a more sustainable manner. The first step towards this would be to ensure that visits to monuments and archaeological sites are exciting for visitors. ...

    Live Mint on April 27, 2017, 12:30 a.m.

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    ...Conglomerates such as General Electric, Procter and Gamble, Schneider Electric, IBM, Nestlé, General Motors, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Siemens, Volkswagen, Fiat, Nissan, Nokia, Microsoft, Samsung, Apple, Google, and many more were the flag-bearers of globalization, instrumental in deploying a variety of technologies and products worldwide, improving the quality of lives of hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people. Simultaneously, large business houses created jobs, and led the creation of wealth in their societies through shareholder value creation, or by paying taxes. India missed out on getting the benefits of a national manufacturing champion, arguably thanks to the failed experiment with state-driven socialism, but we have an opportunity to gain leadership in the future of innovation-driven enterprises. The Union government is putting together a few programmes to help support India’s enterprises of the future. ...

    Live Mint on March 1, 2017, 12:12 a.m.

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    ...Water is a critical resource which will determine India’s ability to achieve rapid economic growth, improve the quality of life of its people and ensure environmental sustainability. India accounts for about 17% of the world’s population but has only 4% of the world’s fresh water resources. At 1,544 cubic metre per capita annual availability, India is already a water stressed country and rapidly moving towards becoming water scarce. What is the way forward for India to manage its water resources better? At present, irrigation consumes about 84% of India’s total available water with industrial and domestic sectors consuming a mere 12% and 4% respectively. India continues to use two to four times more water to produce one unit of major food crop when compared to Brazil, China and the US. ‘Per drop more crop’ is therefore imperative. ...

    TOI on Sept. 21, 2016, 2 a.m.

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    ...Global experience especially since the industrial revolution has been that job creation and growth in the manufacturing and services sectors heavily depend on cities. All the flagship programmes of this government – including Make in India, Skill India, Digital India and the Smart Cities Missions – are aimed at fast tracking economic growth, job creation and delivery of good quality of life to all citizens. Cities will be central to the successful delivery of these programmes and schemes. In today’s world it is not countries but cities that compete for resources and investment. As per Census 2011, India has close to 8,000 cities of which over 50 have a population in excess of 10 lakh. Put together our cities are estimated to have a population of over 400 million which is expected to touch 800 million by 2050, making India 50% urban from today’s 30%. ...

    TOI on June 24, 2016, 2 a.m.