India set to make PDS location unbiased: NITI Aayog CEO at UN discussion board

United Nations, July 15

India is ready to make the Public Distribution System location unbiased to make sure that nobody, particularly the inter-state migrants, is left behind, NITI Aayog CEO has mentioned, citing the ‘One Nation, One Card’ initiative being applied by the federal government as a transformative resolution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing the particular occasion on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Acceleration Actions on the margins of 2020 High-Level Political Forum on Tuesday, Amitabh Kant mentioned collective motion by worldwide cooperation was extra related and essential than ever earlier than in these really unprecedented occasions.

He advised the session that the ‘One Nation, One Card’ initiative is an instance of a latest transformative resolution by India presently being applied as a response to the pandemic.

“The first half of 2020 has underscored the importance of responsive and adaptive policy making, more than ever before. When challenges are dynamic and unprecedented, peer learning and knowledge exchange are of utmost significance. We are deeply committed to foster this spirit and accelerate progress on the SDG targets by not only focusing on the recovery but by building back better for long term transformation,” Kant mentioned.

The ‘One Nation, One Card’ initiative ensures right-based entry to meals provides and covers over 800 million individuals at value as little as three to 5 cents. He added that this was operationalised by beneficiary playing cards issued by the sub-national governments.

“By leveraging the technological capacity meticulously built over the last few years, India is all set to roll out interoperability in making access to the Public Distribution System location independent,” Kant mentioned including that it was a “momentous step to ensure that no one is left behind, especially the inter-state migrants.”

The COVID-19 pandemic had additionally highlighted the ability of collectivised drawback fixing, he mentioned.

Under the ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ initiative, eligible beneficiaries would be capable to avail their entitled foodgrains underneath the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from any Fair Price Shop within the nation utilizing the identical ration card. The Food Ministry goals to implement this facility throughout the nation by March 2021.

Kant added that “invigorated and renewed synergy” between the federal government and the personal sector had resulted in over 4,00,000 PPEs and a pair of,20,000 N-95 masks being manufactured in India, each day.

“In February this year, we were producing none. This aligns closely with our flagship ‘Make in India’ approach, through which we aim at becoming a globally competitive manufacturing hub,” he mentioned.

Meanwhile, India on Monday introduced its second Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the High-Level Political Forum.

India’s VNR report titled ‘Decade of Action: Taking SDGs from Global to Local’ highlights not solely the nation’s progress on the SDGs but additionally captures the inclusive and participatory course of adopted in its preparation.

Kant advised the session that India was aggressively increasing its renewable vitality programme, growing the renewable vitality capability by 75 per cent since 2014 and aiming to realize the bold goal of 450 GW by 2030.

“We have made the global pledge, as part of our Nationally Determined Contributions, to have 40 per cent of cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel sources,” he mentioned, including that India’s renewable vitality sector has turn out to be a main vacation spot for international traders, with a possible to draw 10 billion {dollars} of annual investments.

In the worldwide Ease of Doing Business rankings, India has jumped 79 locations prior to now 5 years: from 142 in 2014 to 62 in 2019.

“Our structural reforms in taxation, FDI regime, and insolvency and bankruptcy have contributed to this improvement,” he mentioned.

Emphasising that 21st-century challenges want 21st-century options, Kant mentioned the position of innovation is essential in designing options for SDG acceleration and constructing again higher. Today, India is residence to the third-largest start-up ecosystem on the earth, with the third-largest variety of unicorns.

“We firmly believe that these disruptions in the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem will accelerate our pace of achieving the SDGs,” he mentioned.

He additionally identified that the federal government’s Aspirational Districts Programme goals at accelerating transformative socio-economic enchancment in 112 districts of the nation with comparatively larger improvement challenges.

By enhancing the lives of over 165 million residents in these districts when it comes to well being, schooling, fundamental infrastructure, agriculture and water, and monetary inclusion and ability improvement, the initiative spotlight the efficacy of the cooperative and aggressive federalism strategy to improvement, he mentioned.

“Sharing SDG acceleration actions and successes will be incomplete without discussing SDG localisation in India. Fostering sub-national peer-learning and competitiveness is the approach we took when we released the world’s first government-led sub-national SDG Index in 2018,” he mentioned.

Kant mentioned the SDG India Index and Dashboard, which yearly ranks Indian States based mostly on their SDG efficiency, had reshaped the SDG framework adoption and localisation discourse within the nation. “It has resulted in sub-national entities instituting monitoring systems and preparing development strategies aligned to the goals of the 2030 Agenda, which are customised to the local and hyper-local context,” he added. PTI

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