The CEO, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant, delivered the 33th lecture of the “Lecture Series” organized by India’s top anti-corruption outfit Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in Delhi on Thursday. He spoke on the topic “Transformation of Aspirational Districts – a New India by 2022.”
Delivering his lecture, Amitabh Kant stressed upon the significance of demographic dividend and inclusive growth in India. He said that growth can only be sustainable only if it is inclusive.
In order to check growing corruption in India, Amitabh Kant suggested that process of digitization will bring integrity and honesty. However, he did not elaborate the digitization process which is in its infancy in India.
He said that under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, NITI Aayog has adopted a focused approach for the transformation of Aspirational Districts.
He said that 49 indicators have been selected out of 500 parameters for 200 identified districts and these districts are ranked based on their performance on each of these selected indicators.
Amitabh Kant also said that complex rules and regulations operating in India in the past was a constraint. The Government has done away with many of the obsolete rules in order to facilitate the ease of doing business, he added. To achieve the growth on a sustainable basis, he said, there should be a team spirit among States and Centre.
The Central Government has nominated senior officers from the government as ‘Prabhari’ officers to assist the district officers and to take up the challenge of transforming these aspirational districts. He also spoke about various structural changes brought about by the government, such as DBT, implementation of GST and the Insolvency Code, among others.
Speaking about the digitization initiative of the Government, he said that it will bring more transparency in the system. For example, benefits of more than 500 Government schemes is being directly credited in the accounts of the beneficiaries using the Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT).
The Central Vigilance Commissioner KV Chowdary, Vigilance Commissioners Dr. T M Basin and Sharad Kumar were also present on the occasion.
Full time and part time CVOs based in Delhi / NCR attended the lecture along with CMDs, Board of Directors, and other officers of the vigilance administration.
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