Articles about Amitabh Kant

Amitabh Kant is a 1980-batch IAS officer of the Kerala cadre and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog). He did his graduation in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, and an MA in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He entered the Indian Administrative Services and landed his first posting in Thalassery, Kerala. Kant leads Government of India's premier economic initiatives such as Make in India and Startup India, and is known for his stellar work in the tourism sector with Incredible India, Atithi Devo Bhava, and Kerala's God's Own Country campaigns. Over the years, Kant has operated in the Indian governance and policy making sphere in various capacities. Some of his appointments from a long list include Joint Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India; Secretary of Tourism, Government of Kerala; CEO of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC); and Secretary of Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Government of India; among others. Kant became the CEO of NITI Aayog in 2016 for a fixed two-year term, but his tenure was extended thrice, the latest extension being in 2019, till June 2022.

Sitharaman launches National Monetization Pipeline to monetize under-utilized assets

23 Aug 2021

Business
Sitharaman launches National Monetization Pipeline to monetize under-utilized assets

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday launched the National Monetization Pipeline worth Rs. 6 lakh crore.

In a first, Railways to levy "user-charge" to redevelop stations

18 Sep 2020

India
In a first, Railways to levy "user-charge" to redevelop stations

To provide passengers with better facilities, the Indian Railways will, for the first time since its inception, charge a nominal user charge from them for crowded stations and the redeveloped ones, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said on Thursday.

Lav Agarwal, government's face during press meets, tests coronavirus positive

15 Aug 2020

India
Lav Agarwal, government's face during press meets, tests coronavirus positive

Lav Agarwal, joint secretary of the Health Ministry, the Centre's face in efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic, tested positive for the virus on Friday.

Bitter fight between Piyush Goyal, Uddhav Thackeray over Shramik trains

25 May 2020

Politics
Bitter fight between Piyush Goyal, Uddhav Thackeray over Shramik trains

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal locked horns over Shramik special trains on Sunday.

States could've done much better: NITI Aayog CEO on migrant-crisis

23 May 2020

India
States could've done much better: NITI Aayog CEO on migrant-crisis

Amitabh Kant, CEO of government's policy think tank NITI Aayog, absolved the Centre of the migrant crisis and said states could have done "much better".

Never talked about charging migrant workers for transport, says Centre

04 May 2020

India
Never talked about charging migrant workers for transport, says Centre

Amid reports that migrant workers were asked to pay to be sent home across states, the Centre on Monday said that it had never talked about charging them for the transport.

Indian company makes 'affordable' ventilator that does not need electricity

20 Apr 2020

Technology
Indian company makes 'affordable' ventilator that does not need electricity

In a major development, a Bengaluru-based technology company has created an 'affordable ventilator' that does not need electricity to function.

KV Kamath may join Finance Ministry, Swapan Dasgupta HRD

18 Jan 2020

Politics
KV Kamath may join Finance Ministry, Swapan Dasgupta HRD

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet will soon welcome new members, including technocrats who could influence major decisions.

NITI Aayog CEO says 'too many reforms' behind economic slowdown

03 Aug 2019

Business
NITI Aayog CEO says 'too many reforms' behind economic slowdown

Recently, data compiled by the World Bank revealed that India slipped to the 7th spot in the global GDP rankings of 2018.

What should India expect from new Home Minister Amit Shah

05 Jun 2019

Politics
What should India expect from new Home Minister Amit Shah

From 2014 to 2019, things have changed for PM Narendra Modi, for better. This time, he got a bigger mandate and he inducted his right-hand man Amit Shah into the Cabinet.

NITI Aayog: Report claiming 45-year high unemployment unverified

31 Jan 2019

Business
NITI Aayog: Report claiming 45-year high unemployment unverified

Following reports that India's unemployment rate had hit a 45-year high, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar, on Thursday, clarified that the data was "not verified" and was still being processed.

RBI Governor Urjit Patel to deliver lecture to anti-corruption officers

13 Sep 2018

India
RBI Governor Urjit Patel to deliver lecture to anti-corruption officers

RBI Governor Urjit Patel is scheduled to deliver a lecture to senior anti-corruption officers working with banks and other public sector organizations next week in New Delhi.

Gujarat's Dahod tops NITI's Delta rankings on 'aspirational districts'

29 Jun 2018

India
Gujarat's Dahod tops NITI's Delta rankings on 'aspirational districts'

Gujarat's Dahod district topped the first Delta ranking released today by NITI Aayog that captures incremental improvements of aspirational districts on health, education and other development parameters.

L-G representing Delhi at NITI-Aayog meeting? Kejriwal gets a fact-check

17 Jun 2018

Politics
L-G representing Delhi at NITI-Aayog meeting? Kejriwal gets a fact-check

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to express his anger on reports that Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal was "replacing" him at an ongoing NITI Aayog meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Government invites applications from public, private-sector employees for joint-secy posts

11 Jun 2018

India
Government invites applications from public, private-sector employees for joint-secy posts

In a rare move, the government has published public ads inviting applications for 10 junior secretary posts.

NITI Aayog's portal to give start-ups access to public data

30 May 2018

Business
NITI Aayog's portal to give start-ups access to public data

Government think-tank NITI Aayog has plans to launch a new online portal through which public data will be made available to private entities, including start-ups, announced NITI Aayog's CEO Amitabh Kant at an artificial intelligence (AI) start-up conclave.

Gurugram: Meet this father-daughter duo who scaled Mt. Everest

18 May 2018

India
Gurugram: Meet this father-daughter duo who scaled Mt. Everest

Around 4:30AM on Wednesday, when many of us were still rolling on our beds and were in our slumber, there was a Gurugram duo who reached the summit of Mount Everest, becoming India's first father-daughter duo to achieve the feat.

India ranks 109th in mobile Internet-speed, 67th in fixed broadband-speed

26 Mar 2018

India
India ranks 109th in mobile Internet-speed, 67th in fixed broadband-speed

India, the largest consumer of mobile data in the world, is again ranked 109th in the mobile Internet speed and 67th for fixed broadband speed globally, according to data from Ookla's Speedtest Index.

Government to soon ban commercial vehicles older than 20 years

17 Mar 2018

India
Government to soon ban commercial vehicles older than 20 years

The central government will make the scrapping of all commercial vehicles older than 20 years mandatory from 2020, a meeting headed by PM Modi's principal secretary Nripendra Misra decided on Friday.

Kerala tops states in overall health performance, UP worst

09 Feb 2018

India
Kerala tops states in overall health performance, UP worst

Kerala performed the best among India's large states on health index as determined by the NITI Aayog. It was followed by Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

NITI Aayog: Poverty, corruption free India by 2022

04 Nov 2017

India
NITI Aayog: Poverty, corruption free India by 2022

Modi government's think-tank NITI Aayog presented a New India @2022 document which envisaged India to be free from "poverty, dirt, corruption, terrorism, casteism and communalism."

PSUs marching towards disinvestment, a pleasant sight for Indian economy

14 Aug 2017

India
PSUs marching towards disinvestment, a pleasant sight for Indian economy

Public sector undertaking (PSUs) is a sensitive topic. There are two aspects of it - one from the perspective of why it was created in the first place and the other from what it has turned out to be.

Rajiv Kumar becomes NITI Aayog's new VC

06 Aug 2017

India
Rajiv Kumar becomes NITI Aayog's new VC

Economist Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as NITI Aayog's new vice-chairman by the Centre on Saturday.

NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya resigns

01 Aug 2017

India
NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya resigns

NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya resigned from his post on 1st August. In the next phase, he will return to Columbia University in the US as professor of economics.

Shillong: Meet the ladies that turn garbage into gold

12 Jul 2017

India
Shillong: Meet the ladies that turn garbage into gold

They are called the 'Merry Maidens' of Shillong with a twist.

Samsung plans to invest Rs. 4,915cr in its Noida Plant

08 Jun 2017

Business
Samsung plans to invest Rs. 4,915cr in its Noida Plant

South Korean company Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd said that it will invest Rs. 4,915crore in its Noida plant to double the production; after acquiring 35-acre land adjacent to the current facility, approved by the Uttar Pradesh government.

Visa, Mastercard grow wary of UPI, BHIM popularity

16 Apr 2017

Business
Visa, Mastercard grow wary of UPI, BHIM popularity

Visa, Mastercard have now resorted to lobbying their case in order to make sure that they do not lose out in the wake of a cashless economy in India to apps like UPI and BHIM.

200 e-commerce companies suspected fake, under DIPP scanner

03 Sep 2016

Business
200 e-commerce companies suspected fake, under DIPP scanner

Around 200 e-commerce companies have come under the scanner of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), many of whom are suspected to be fake.