February 9th, 2015

Constitution of sub-groups of Chief Ministers within NITI Aayog

PM asks all states to set up two task forces under aegis of NITI Aayog

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has announced that the NITI Aayog would constitute three sub groups: of Chief Ministers on the following themes:
• Sub-group to study the 66 Centrally Sponsored Schemes and recommend which to continue, which to transfer to states, and which to cut down.
• Sub-group to recommend how NITI Aayog can promote skill development and creation of skilled manpower within states.

February 5th

LCA –Tejas Passes Cold-Weather Test at Leh

HAL has made successful extreme cold weather trials in Jan 2015 on LCA- Tejas at Leh. “The aircraft made three consecutive starts using indigenous gas turbine starter at -15 °C with 85% charged battery a few days ago. Prior to the start, the aircraft was cold soaked for 18-20 hours (even 42 hours on one occasion) outside the hangar in Leh and no heating source was used for starting”, says Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman, HAL.

Budget 2015 – Will it Streamline Outbound FDI?

Showcasing India as an investment destination at the World Economic Forum in the third week of January at Davos, FinanceMinister Mr. Arun Jaitley promised India has a “lot in the pipeline” for global investors. And that implicitly meant furtherliberalising the Foreign Direct Investment [FDI] rules.

It may be recalled that in one of my earlier article titled Budget 2015 – Can it restore faith in the markets I had quoted a Report of Government of India under the chairmanship of Dr. C Rangarajan which pointed out how more than 98 percent of domestic investment is funded by domestic savings.

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OP-ED NEW YORK TIMES JAN. 30, 2015: A secretive group met behind closed doors in New York this week. What they decided may lead to higher drug prices for you and hundreds of millions around the world.

February 2nd

Budget 2015 – Will it address food shortage?

Will Budget 2015 provide incentives, plans and programs for individual states to become self-sufficient in food production?

To understand the enormity of the challenge India faces on issue of food shortage, security and depravation, let me at the outset quote some statistics. The net per capita food availability in India in 1971 was 394 gm per day. This was just after the onset of Green Revolution in India.

January 22nd

Maharashtra govt considers RSS arm's demand to ban online shopping websites

While PM Narendra Modi may be on an overdrive to win over investors, and open up the economy , an affiliate of the RSS, the Swadeshi Jaagran Manch wants online shopping websites in the country banned. In Maharashtra, the BJP government has already sought details stemming out of the Manch's demand.

"Our stand is clearly that of promoting swadeshi. Flipkart or Snapdeal may have been owned by Indians in the past but now 80% control is sold out to foreign companies," Swadeshi Jaagran Manch leader Anil Gachke said.

January 20th

RSS wing SJM opposes land ordinance

New Delhi: Swadeshi Jagran Manch, the economic wing of the RSS, has come out against the land acquisition ordinance and on Tuesday urged the Narendra Modi government to amend the measure keeping interests of farmers in mind.

SJM has especially opposed in the ordinance the scrapping of social impact assessment (SIA) and food security measures, which were part of the land acquisition Act passed during the UPA government's tenure.

RSS outfit lashes out at PM’s ‘Make in India’

New Delhi : Much to chagrin of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his mantra of “Make in India” to attract foreign investors has come under attack from the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, the economic wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Criticising some of the economic policies being pursued by Modi, it sought a white paper on the foreign direct investment flow and expressed concern over investments by foreign companies that were distorting the economy.

RSS wing criticises govt for ‘retrogade’ changes to land law

Criticising the Narendra Modi-led government’s move to amend the Land Act, Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), the economic wing of the RSS, said the changes that have taken away the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and the provision that ensures food security, are “retrograde” steps.

Govt unlikely to accommodate SJM concerns on land ordinanc

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Narendra Modi government, convinced there will be few protests as people are tired of agitation-based politics, is unlikely to accommodate the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch’s (SJM’s) concerns over some “anti-farmer” measures in the land ordinance.

The Centre is of the view that a protest, if any, will likely meet the same fate as the Coal India (CIL) employees’ recent strike, which had ended after the second day.