25th April 2017 | Editorial Simplified

Editorial Simplified : 25th Day of April 2017

This Series of posts covers the essential Editorial from prominent newspapers. The Editorial from the newspapers are compiled by the Subject Teachers form the Academy and provided in notes format so that the aspirants does not waste their precious time in sifting through the newspapers.

The Hindu / The Indian Express

Editorial : The best laid plans: On NITI AayogNew India?

Context:

The meeting of the NITI Aayog Governing Council chaired by the Prime Minister amidst a climate of attacks by so-called “gau rakshaks” on people from minority community

Important Points:

  • The 12th Five Year Plan ended on March 31, 2017 and with it was expected that a new era of cooperative federalism would kick in with a three-year action plan, which was to be a part of a seven-year strategy that would in turn help realise a 15-year long-term vision, all under the guidance of NITI Aayog but fulfilled by the states.
  • However, in the recent meeting of the NITI Aayog Governing Council, a draft action agenda for the three years till 2019-20 was handed out to CMs, with 300 specific action points. This agenda is meant to be the first step towards attaining the envisioned outcomes by 2031-32. 
  • Some optimistic numerical extrapolation by the Aayog has led to assumptions of 8% growth annually leading to a rise in India’s GDP by ₹332 lakh crore in the next 15 years.
  • However, without a larger strategy and vision in place, the three-year action plan is likely to be more of an abstract wish list.
  • The Chief Ministers will now evaluate and revert on this and until this is done there is policy vacuum in India.
  • To make cooperative federalism truly effective, the Council must more often and not after a gap of two years like it happened now.
  • However, along with this vision and agenda for growth what is required is securing the rights of individuals so that it can lead to development.
  • Economic growth turns meaningless in the face of extra-legal attacks in the name of cow vigilantism by goons taking law in their own hands. Not just this, it is the impunity with which they get away while targeting a particular community and breaking the law that is worrisome.
  • The state becomes complicit in this by going easy on the attackers and filing an FIR against the victims as well. This deteriorating condition of law and order is not just a concern for BJP-ruled states but also other states as such action tendencies could spread to other areas, from Rajasthan and UP now, and stoke fears and anxiety of the minority community.
  • Growth cannot be separated from development and “development” is a meaningless catchword unless the state guarantees that the right to safety, security and dignity of all citizens will be protected.

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