Planning Commission
Business  /  Published 12.12.20

States seek policy body outside Niti

The Niti Aayog which replaced the decades-old Planning Commission with much fanfare in 2014 appears to have already outlived its usefulness to the states, who now want a new institutional arrangement ...
By Our Special Correspondent in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 22.09.20

New vista: Govt suspends MPLADS

Prescience is supposed to be a good thing. But its results can be unexpected. India’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led government seems to have foreseen that the Covid-19 pandemic will continue till 2...
By The Editorial Board

Opinion  /  Published 02.09.20

Dealing with the deluge: Floods in India

The last few months have been the most challenging for India as it has faced a multitude of challenges such as Covid-19, earthquakes, cyclones, a locust attack, heat wave, lightning deaths and floods....
By Yashobanta Parida, Joyita Roy Chowdhury, Parul Bhardwaj

Opinion  /  Published 04.08.20

Dream big: Economics in hard times

It is not a great time to think of economics. The Covid-19 crisis has no precedent in our lifetime. The last pandemic was the influenza epidemic in 1918; the British rulers handled it so incompetently...
By Ashok V. Desai

Opinion  /  Published 16.07.19

Another Subramanian and a new team

I wrote on New Year’s Day about Arvind Subramanian — the chief economic adviser who would barge into Arun Jaitley’s room and shower him with bright policy ideas, only to be politely listened to ...
By Ashok V. Desai

India  /  Published 08.06.19

Mamata tells Modi: No point in Niti meet

Mamata Banerjee on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that she would not attend the Niti Aayog meeting he has convened on June 15, saying participation would be “fruitless” since the bod...
By Our Special Correspondent in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 25.12.18

Niti Aayog: A roadmap that reads familiar

The recently released Niti Aayog strategy document reads very much like the ‘approach papers’ and other ‘plan documents’ that were the staple of the erstwhile Planning Commission. There is men...
By The Editorial Board

Opinion  /  Published 19.02.19

Planning, modernised. Action awaited

Fed up with the shrill sermons of its deputy chairman, which he suffered as chief minister of Gujarat, the prime minister had said that he would abolish the Planning Commission. He kept his promise. B...
By Ashok V. Desai

Opinion  /  Published 09.06.19

Who needs Prashant Kishor?

What would you think of a doctor who can't read the pulse? Or has outsourced the routine BP check? And yet here we are once again in a situation when an elected leader, a grassroots one at that, feels...
By Upala Sen


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