It began as a policy sounding board for the government and a facilitator between the Centre and the states. But during its two-and-a-half year tenure, the NITI Aayog became something else: A marketer and a bit-part executor
There is a growing belief among stakeholders that the NITI Aayog hasn’t exactly lived up to its expectations so far
The think-tank has been extending itself to roles beyond what it was conceived for, as observed during the government’s digital payments push
There’s a view emerging within the bureaucracy that the Aayog is “slacking” and isn’t proactive enough unless tasked by the PMO
The government is considering giving the NITI Aayog executive powers, to improve its decision-making and authority
In May 2017, Bengaluru-based cab aggregator Ola launched a pilot of its electric vehicles project in Nagpur. The launch was important, not only because of the ambitions of the government but also the people present there. Union minister Nitin Gadkari and the chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis were both representing their individual constituencies in Nagpur.
Ola’s approach to solving the public transport problem in India has been different from its rival, Uber. So are its policy pitches to the government. For example, Ola’s entry into the electric vehicle (EV) segment. In contrast, Uber believes…
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