Year 2018 is not going to be easy for Niti Aayog. The Aayog has been given the biggest responsibility of materializing PM Narendra Modi’s vision of a New India by 2022 along with laying stress on agriculture, malnutrition, higher education and jobs.
As per Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar, the premier body has already joined hands with the stakeholders and will soon wrap up the New India 2022 vision document. He also added that in year 2018, the Aayog will emphasize more on transformation of agricultural sector, higher education and employment opportunities.
The Niti Aayog is the Government’s leading institution, with the Prime Minister heading as the chairman. The Aayog had planned framed for three documents—3-year action agenda, 7-year medium-term strategy paper and 15-year vision document. 2017 turned out to be a year of ups and downs for the premier body.
In his speech, Kumar said that the Aayog will continue to keep the dual tasks of co-operative and competitive federalism in its priority list. He further added that the private capex investment is on the surge for the Indian economy along with the generation of employment. He aims at a 8 per cent growth rate of the economy in the coming two years. During the next five years, he believes to achieve a double-digit growth rate.
One of the members, Bibek Debroy ignited a controversy by bringing agriculture income under the tax net. The Aayog shrugged off from Debroy’s comment, saying it was his personal opinion. Taxing agriculture income is a political problem and governments have stayed away from it.
The Niti Aayog successfully launched the National Nutrition Strategy and the draft of the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill in 2017. The Aayog even drafted a report titled ‘India Leaps Ahead: Transformative Mobility Solution on electric vehicles. Also, it came out with Champions of Change program for around 200 CEOs along with the 8th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).