FORMER NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya has said the Modi Government has achieved ‘major successes’ in social sector programmes like Ayushman Bharat, PM-Kisan and rural electrification. Besides, this Government has made an ‘unprecedented progress’ in tackling corruption, he added.
On reforms undertaken by Narendra Modi-led NDA Government, he said the three major areas of initiatives were implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) and direct benefit transfer (DBT). In an interview to PTI, the eminent economist said “...Ayushman Bharat, PM-Kisan, cooking gas, rural roads and rural electrification represent major successes of the Modi Government. Unprecedented progress has also been made in combating corruption.”
Besides, expressing concern over political interference in influencing statistical data in India as many as 108 economists and social scientists had called for restoration of institutional independence and integrity to the statistical organisations. Panagariya served as the first Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog for two years from 2015 to 2017.