As a premier think-tank of the Government of India, NITI provides the critical knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurial support to the country. To enable this, we are building ourselves as a State of the Art Resource Centre – a repository of research on good governance and best practices.
Ever since its inception, the institution has taken a series of initiatives aimed at giving a push to the economy and transforming the lives of millions across the country.
Following are the highlights of the initiatives taken by NITI Ayog:-
Vision Document, Strategy & Action Agenda beyond 12th Five Year Plan:- Replacing the Five Year Plans beyond 31st March 2017, NITI Aayog is in the process of preparing the 15-year vision document keeping in view the social goals set and/ or proposed for a period of 15 years; A 7-year strategy document spanning 2017-18 to 2023-24 to convert the longer-term vision into implementable policy and action as a part of a “National Development Agenda” is also being worked upon.
Agricultural Reforms:-NITI Aayog consulted with the States on 21 October 2016 on three critical reforms –
(i) Agricultural marketing reforms
(ii) Felling and transit laws for tree produce grown at private land
(iii) Agricultural land leasing
Reforming Medical Education:- A committee chaired by Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog recommended scrapping of the Medical Council of Indi and suggested a new body for regulating medical education. The draft legislation for the proposed National Medical Commission has been submitted to the Government for further necessary action.
Digital Payments Movement:-To incentivize the States/UTs for the promotion of digital transactions, the Central assistance of Rs. 50 crore would be provided to the districts for undertaking Information, Education and Communication activities to bring 5 crores Jan Dhan accounts to a digital platform.
Cashback and referral bonus schemes were launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister on 14.4.2017 to promote the use of digital payments through the BHIM App.
Niti Aayog also launched two incentive schemes to promote digital payments across all sections of society – the Lucky Grahak Yojana and the Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana –Over 16 lakh consumers and merchants have won Rs. 256 crore under these two schemes.
Digi Dhan Melas were also held for 100 days in 100 cities, from December 25th to April 14th.
Atal Innovation Mission:- The Government has set up Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) in NITI Aayog with a view to strengthening the country’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem by creating institutions and programs that spur innovation in schools, colleges, and entrepreneurs in general
Indices Measuring States’ Performance in Health, Education and Water Management: As part of the Prime Minister’s Focus on outcomes, NITI has come out with indices to measure incremental annual outcomes in critical social sectors like health, education and water with a view to nudge the states into competing with each other for better outcomes, while at the same time sharing best practices & innovations to help each other – an example of competitive and cooperative federalism..
Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan:- Constituted by NITI Aayog on 9th March 2015, the Sub-Group has submitted its report to the Hon’ble Prime Minister in October 2015 and most of its recommendations have been accepted.
Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Skill Development:- Constituted on 9th March 2015, the report of the Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Skill Development was presented before the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 31/12/2015. The recommendation and actionable points emerging from the Report were approved by the Hon’ble Prime Minister and are in implementation by the Ministry of Skill Development
Task Force on Elimination of Poverty in India:- Constituted on 16th March 2015 under the Chairmanship of Dr Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, the report of the Task Force was finalized and submitted to Hon’ble Prime Minister on 11th July 2016. The report of the Task Force primarily focusses on issues of measurement of poverty and strategies to combat poverty. Regarding estimation of poverty, the report of the Task Force states that “a consensus in favour of either the Tendulkar or a higher poverty line did not emerge.
Task Force on Agriculture Development:- The Task Force on Agricultural development was constituted on 16th March 2015 under the Chairmanship of Dr Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog. The Task Force based on its works prepared an occasional paper entitled “Raising Agricultural Productivity and Making Farming Remunerative for Farmers” focusing on 5 critical areas of Indian Agriculture.
Transforming India Lecture Series: As the government’s premier think-tank, NITI Aayog views knowledge building & transfer as the enabler of real transformation in States. To build knowledge systems for States and the Centre, NITI Aayog launched the ‘NITI Lectures: Transforming India’ series, with the full support of the Prime Minister on 26th August 2016.