NITI Aayog: News

02 Mar 2024


Extreme poverty in India below 3%: World Poverty Clock

India is making significant strides in reducing extreme poverty, with less than 3% of its population living below the extreme poverty threshold of $1.9 (PPP) a day, the World Poverty Clock reported.

26 Feb 2024

BVR Subrahmanyam

Below 5% Indians living in absolute poverty: NITI Aayog CEO

Less than 5% of Indians now live in absolute poverty, NITI Aayog CEO BVR Subrahmanyam has said, citing the Household Consumption Expenditure Survey (HCES) for 2022-23.

15 Jan 2024


24.8cr Indians escaped poverty in past 9 years: NITI Aayog

In the past nine years, India has made impressive strides in the fight against poverty.

31 Dec 2023

Indian Government

Arvind Panagariya appointed as 16th Finance Commission Chairman

The Indian government has appointed Arvind Panagariya, a former NITI Aayog Vice Chairman and Columbia University professor, as the Chairman of the 16th Finance Commission.

20 Dec 2023

Mansukh Mandaviya

India witnesses COVID-19 surge, health minister calls for mock drills

India on Wednesday witnessed a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, with 614 new cases reported in the last 24 hours—reportedly the highest daily tally since May 21. This increase is attributed to the coronavirus sub-variant JN.1.

23 Oct 2023


Toyota urges India to cut taxes on hybrid cars

Toyota Motor Corporation, the Japanese automaker, is urging the Indian government to slash taxes on hybrid vehicles by up to 21%, stating that they produce significantly less pollution than gasoline-powered cars but do not receive equal policy support.

18 Oct 2023


India unveils first-ever indigenous charging standard for light electric vehicles

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has given the green light to India's first homegrown AC and DC combined charging connector for light electric vehicles (LEVs), including two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and micro cars.

27 May 2023

Ravi Shankar Prasad

BJP slams 8 CMs who skipped NITI Aayog's key meeting

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday slammed the chief ministers from opposition parties who boycotted NITI Aayog's Governing Council Meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi, reported PTI.

27 May 2023

Narendra Modi

PM Modi chairs NITI Aayog meeting; Kejriwal, Mamata, Nitish boycott

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday presided over the NITI Aayog's (National Institution for Transforming India) eighth Governing Council Meeting at the new Convention Centre in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

26 May 2023

Arvind Kejriwal

Ordinance row: 'Boycotting NITI Aayog meeting,' Kejriwal writes to Modi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to PM Narendra Modi on Friday, saying he wouldn't be attending the NITI Aayog meeting. He questioned the purpose of attending it when "cooperative federalism is a joke" and the PM does not abide by the Supreme Court.

07 Aug 2022


PM to chair NITI Aayog meet today; KCR to boycott

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over the NITI Aayog's (National Institution for Transforming India) seventh Governing Council meeting on Sunday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

16 Dec 2021

Narendra Modi

Cabinet clears proposal to raise marriage-age for women to 21

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday passed a proposal to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 years to 21, reports said.

08 Dec 2021

Indian Economy

India's richest 10% hold 57% of national income: Inequality Report

India stands out as a "poor and very unequal country, with an affluent elite," according to the World Inequality Report 2022.

16 Sep 2021

Union Health Ministry

COVID-19: Centre says October-November most crucial; warns against festivities

NITI Aayog member Dr. VK Paul Thursday said that the coming two months, October and November, are the most crucial months to contain the surge of COVID-19 infections in the country.

14 Jun 2021


Tribute to Sushant: One year of losing and missing him

It was a lazy Sunday afternoon on June 14, last year, when people were casually scrolling through their smartphones.

22 Feb 2021


COVID-19: Private sector to have bigger role in vaccination soon

The private sector is all set to have a larger participation in India's ongoing coronavirus vaccination drive.

20 Feb 2021

Narendra Modi

PM Modi chairs sixth Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog

PM Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired the sixth meeting of the Governing Council of federal policy-making body NITI Aayog through video conferencing attended by the state Chief Ministers, Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories, and other authorities.

29 Dec 2020


Government assures vaccine will work against new COVID-19 strain

There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will not work against the new strain of the coronavirus, the government said on Tuesday.

COVID-19 task force details plan to detect new coronavirus strain

The national task force on COVID-19 on Saturday discussed surveillance strategies for the newly-detected strain of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, which is believed to be more infectious.

23 Dec 2020


Coronavirus: 22 who returned to India from UK test positive

At least 22 people who returned to India from the United Kingdom in the past few days have tested positive for COVID-19.

22 Dec 2020

United Kingdom

New coronavirus strain doesn't affect potential of vaccines, says government

The new strain of the coronavirus detected in the United Kingdom has no impact on the potential of emerging vaccines, the government said on Tuesday.

21 Dec 2020

Harsh Vardhan

Coronavirus vaccination may start in January, says Health Minister

India may begin vaccinating people against coronavirus in January, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday, giving hope to a country that has lost more than a lakh to the fatal disease.

08 Dec 2020

Oxford University

COVID-19 vaccine may get license in coming weeks: Health Ministry

India may license some COVID-19 vaccines in the next few weeks, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

01 Dec 2020


It's cold outside: Government invites agitating farmers for talks today

As protest by farmers intensified, the government again reached out to them asking them to come for a conversation today at 3 pm. They have been called for talks at Vigyan Bhawan but the farmers haven't made a decision about attending it yet.

22 Nov 2020

Hindustan Times

Russia's Sputnik V to start human trials in India soon

Russia's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, called Sputnik V, is expected to start human trials in India soon.

19 Nov 2020


Can deliver coronavirus vaccine in a few months: Health Minister

India's Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said today that deliveries of coronavirus vaccine will happen within a few months, adding that the country's scientists are way ahead in terms of research.

19 Nov 2020

Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi: 131 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, highest tally ever

A record 131 died in Delhi on Wednesday of coronavirus-linked complications, making yesterday's death tally the worst since the outbreak. A total of 7,943 have died so far.

18 Nov 2020


Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine '95% effective'; to seek emergency US authorization

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German drugmaker BioNTech on Wednesday said their COVID-19 vaccine has been found 95% effective in final trials.

13 Nov 2020


Coronavirus: Gurugram runs out of rapid antigen test kits

Already facing a surge of coronavirus cases, Gurugram on Thursday faced an unprecedented problem — the Haryana city ran out of rapid antigen test kits.

31 Oct 2020

Amit Shah

Coronavirus: Delhi crosses 5,000-mark for third straight day, rings alarm

Delhi is once again being burdened by coronavirus caseload, as for the third consecutive day on Friday, the National Capital recorded more than 5,000 cases. On Friday, a record 5,891 fresh cases came to the fore; on Thursday, Delhi reported 5,739 cases, and on Wednesday, 5,673 cases.

04 Oct 2020


Coronavirus vaccine to reach 25 crore Indians by mid-2021: Government

The Indian government is planning to provide vaccines to roughly 25 crore people by July 2021, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday.

18 Sep 2020

Indian Railways

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.

16 Sep 2020

Russia News

Dr. Reddy's bringing coronavirus vaccine to India by 2020-end

In a major development, Hyderabad-based pharma company Dr. Reddy's Laboratories has partnered with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to source their Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for 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.

29 Jul 2020


Coronavirus infected 57% slum-dwellers, 16% societies' residents in Mumbai: Survey

A sero-survey, conducted by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai to judge the extent of the spread of coronavirus, found that more people living in slums were exposed to the deadly virus than those staying in other areas.

27 May 2020


Finally, government open-sources Aarogya Setu: Here's what it means

In a major development, India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has open-sourced Aarogya Setu, its contact-tracing app for COVID-19.

25 May 2020


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.

23 May 2020


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".

Log 9 ties up with IISc for its 'CoronaOven' project

Nanotechnology start-up Log 9 Materials has partnered with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for advancing the work on its novel 'CoronaOven' disinfection chamber.

29 Apr 2020


Agricultural growth not affected by COVID-19, says government

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday said that the agriculture sector remains unaffected even as India is under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

28 Apr 2020


NITI Aayog employee tests coronavirus positive, building sealed

The office of NITI Aayog, the government's think tank, was sealed on Tuesday for 48 hours after an employee tested positive for coronavirus. The results came out around 9 am today.

24 Apr 2020

Madhya Pradesh

Coronavirus: Doubling rate slows to 10 days, says government

The central government on Friday said that the coronavirus cases in India are now doubling over 10 days.

22 Apr 2020


Lockdown relaxations: Shops of electric fans, educational books can function

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) revised guidelines as to what's allowed and what's not during the ongoing 40-day lockdown period, imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

07 Feb 2020


Alcohol to become expensive in Goa: Here's why

Goa's celebrated tag of providing cheap liquor may be snatched away soon, as Chief Minister Pramod Sawant hiked rates in the maiden budget that he presented on Thursday.

02 Feb 2020

Indian Railways

Tata Group among companies interested in running 150 private trains

The Tata Group is among the companies that have indicated an interest in running private trains, Railway Board Chairperson Vinod Kumar Yadav said Saturday.

19 Jan 2020

Jammu And Kashmir

Internet used for watching dirty films in J&K: VK Saraswat

NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat justified the suspension of internet services in Jammu and Kashmir by saying that it was only used for "watching dirty films."

PM Modi reorganizes Prime Minister's Office (PMO); shuffles work allocation

Before starting his week-long trip to the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed the process of revamping his office, formally known as Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

25 Sep 2019


Government seeks SC/ST employee data from companies under EPFO

The Ministry of Labor and Employment has launched a survey asking companies contributing to the Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) to declare the number of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) employees.

23 Sep 2019

Make in India

Vegan eggs, waterless shampoo steal attention at IIT-Delhi's Industry Day

On Saturday, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, observed its third edition of the annual Industry Day event.

Eggless 'anda bhurji'? Apparently, IIT-Delhi researchers have developed one

As veganism continues to grow popular, researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, have created an egg substitute derived from plants.

03 Aug 2019


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.

01 Jul 2019


Chennai water crisis: Five easy ways to conserve water

This year, Chennai is facing one of the worst water crises, with its reservoirs dried up, groundwater depleting alarmingly, and severe water shortage.

23 Jun 2019


India wants to make bikes, scooters electric by 2025

In a matter of years, India may take a giant leap towards electric mobility.

15 Jun 2019

West Bengal

At NITI-Aayog meet, Modi talks about making India $5-trillion economy

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the fifth meeting of the NITI Aayog's Governing Council. This was the first meeting which PM Modi chaired after BJP got a historic mandate in Lok Sabha elections, whose results were declared on May 23.

14 Apr 2019

Raghuram Rajan

Modi government made 'unprecedented' progress in tackling corruption: Arvind Panagariya

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.

30 Mar 2019

Union Cabinet

NITI Aayog offering internship opportunity: All you need to know

NITI Internship Scheme is an opportunity for all students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and post graduate courses in any recognized institute or university.

31 Jan 2019


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.

30 Jan 2019


Chidambaram 'mourns' NSC's death, blames government's 'malicious negligence'

With two members of the National Statistical Commission resigning, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram today said that one more venerable institution has died due to the government's "malicious negligence".

03 Jan 2019


Soon, CBSE schools will teach artificial intelligence: Details here

In a bid to take technology education to a new front, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to add artificial intelligence (AI) as a subject for students.

02 Jan 2019


After PM Modi's 2019 interview, Congress asks unanswered questions

Minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his first interview of the year to ANI on Tuesday, Congress held a press conference and asked unanswered questions.

20 Dec 2018


Soon, govt could impose Rs. 12,000 fee on petrol/diesel vehicles

In a bid to push for greater usage of electric vehicles (EVs) in India, the government is on the verge of creating disincentives for petrol, diesel car owners.

11 Dec 2018


Eminent economist and columnist Surjit Bhalla resigns from EAC-PM

Eminent economist and columnist Surjit Bhalla today said that he had resigned as a part-time member of Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) on December 1.

30 Nov 2018

Jammu And Kashmir

PDP, People's Conference spar over Center's decision to extend rail-link

Mainstream politicians in Kashmir have welcomed the Center's decision to extend the Banihal-Baramulla railway link in the valley to the frontier district of Kupwara, but the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the People's Conference jostled on the social media seeking credit for the decision.

10 Nov 2018


Assam: 16 newborns die within a week, probe ordered

In a series of shocking incidents, at least 16 newborns died within a week at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital in Assam (JMCH).

08 Nov 2018

Narendra Modi

Ashok Chavan calls demonetization biggest mistake of Modi government

Speaking on the second anniversary of demonetization, senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan today described it as the "biggest mistake of Modi government" and claimed that it resulted in the slowdown of the economy.

04 Nov 2018


Tripura government laying stress on international connectivity: Transport Minister

The Tripura government has laid stress on international connectivity through roads, railways, and waterways for development of the state, its Transport Minister Pranajit Singha Roy said.

16 Oct 2018


India to partner with developing countries to achieve SDGs

India will continue to partner fellow developing countries in a spirit of South-South cooperation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, DMK MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi said at the United Nations.

14 Oct 2018

Mukesh Ambani

PM Modi to brainstorm with global CEOs on oil scenario

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will tomorrow brainstorm with Chief Executives of top global and Indian oil and gas companies on emerging energy scenario, with ripples from the US sanctions on Iran and volatile oil prices threatening growth.

14 Oct 2018


#CareerBytes: List of government websites to follow for UPSC preparation

The Indian Civil Services exam, commonly referred to as the IAS exam, is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year.

03 Oct 2018


UPSC: Top apps and websites to crack the IAS exam

The Indian Civil Services exam, commonly referred to as the IAS exam, is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year.

23 Sep 2018

Narendra Modi

Rajnath Singh launches Ayushman Bharat scheme in Lucknow

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today launched the Center's flagship Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), Ayushman Bharat, in Lucknow, his Parliamentary constituency, noting that it will prove to be a "Modi kawach" (Modi shield) for the poor.