The objective of eliminating poverty in all its dimensions such that every citizen has access to a minimum standard of food, education, health, clothing, shelter, transportation and energy has been at the heart of India’s development efforts since Independence.
Irrigated farmland in the country must increase by 19 per cent and availability of quality seeds by 167 per cent if the Centre wants to double farmers’ real income by 2022-23, according to a plan devised by NITI Aayog. The base year for this calculation is 2015-16.
The NITI Aayog has laid out a detailed roadmap for the irrigation scheme’s implementation in mission mode, with emphasis on prioritising ongoing projects. The move will fast-track Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project, the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY). Project prioritisation forms the core of the road map.
In a major step towards revamping regulations in medical education and services, the government has proposed the National Medical Commission Bill. The bill proposes setting up of several autonomous boards that will be bestowed with wide powers to maintain high ethical standards in medical education and professional services.
A taskforce set up by Niti Aayog on eliminating poverty released its report dealing in detail on how key government initiatives can contribute to uplift of poor, but stopped short of determining the poverty line as practised traditionally.
A vast majority of farmers in the country are aware of the minimum support price (MSP) for various agricultural crops, such as rice, wheat, pulses, coarse cereals and oilseeds, announced by the government annually, a study by Niti Aayog has stated.
One of India’s major advantages today and going forward is that its renewable energy (RE) potential is vast and largely untapped. Recent estimates show that India’s solar potential is greater than 750 GW and its announced wind potential is 302 GW (actual could be higher than 1000 GW).
As a source of livelihood, agriculture (including forestry and fishing) remains the largest sector of Indian Economy. While its output share fell from 28.3% in 1993-94 to 14.4% in 2011-12, employment share declined from 64.8% to 48.9% over the same period. Therefore, almost half of the workforce in India still remains dependent on agriculture.