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Author: IPF      Date: 02 Apr 2016 12:09:51

New Delhi: India Policy Foundation and CUTS International organized a national seminar on Governance Reform for Make in India, Rural Infrastructure and Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives on April 1, 2016. Speakers on the occasion were of the view that the growth of the country is slow mostly because of the unnecessary laws and acts. They are not allowing rapid growth of the country and poverty alleviation is possible only when 9-10 per cent growth continues for two-three decades.

Speaking on the occasion NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that there are three factors for growth including job, agriculture and infrastructure. In the present scenario rapid growth to the tune of 9-10 per cent is the main challenge for India. Several countries in the pat had done it in the post world war II. India too was able to do it but just for 4-5 years but it needs to do it for at least 30 years. He said that India needs rule, regulations and procedures to be made easy to make doing easy in India.

He further said that India must become cost competitive and if you are not cost competitive you will not be able to sustain the global market. India must become globally competitive market. There is a need that we lost out to China earlier but without being a production hub one cannot grow faster. Situation now is that production is moving out to Bangladesh and Vietnam and not to India which is a matter of concern.  

Speaking on the occasion Former member Planning Commission N C Saxena said that there is jobless growth in the country.  There are certain reasons for it as agriculture is not doing well, construction is slump and NRGEA is also not in good shape. He too talked about certain obsolete laws that are hurdles for the growth that included Essential Commodities Act, Forest Act and Land Acquisition Act.

 In the second session of this seminar Bharatiya Kisan Sangh General Secretary Badri Narayan Choudhary said that agriculture sector has been so neglected that they are forced to commit suicide. Though the present government has started some initiative but they are yet to bear fruit. These initiative must have to be implement to stop them committing suicide. Pradeep Baizal, former chairman, TREI, said that granting access to broadband might change the fortunes of farmers. They could be linked to Adhar and other things. This has played its role in growth of export by 30 per cent which could be replicated in agriculture.