PM Seeks to In­clude Views of Young Blood in Pol­i­cy­mak­ing

To meet entrepreneurs & CEOs on Aug 17 & 22

The Economic Times - - Economy: Macro, Micro & More - Our Bureau

New Delhi: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi will in­ter­act with young entrepreneurs, in­clud­ing startup founders and CEOs, later this month to get their views on pol­i­cy­mak­ing in the first such ex­er­cise in the coun­try.

The NITI Aayog has short­listed 150 names each to par­tic­i­pate in two meet­ings that the PM will chair: first on Au­gust 17 with young entrepreneurs and the next on Au­gust 22 with young CEOs.

The par­tic­i­pants have been se­lected from all over the coun­try and across sec­tors. The idea is to in­cor­po­rate fresh and in­no­vat­ing think­ing into pol­i­cy­mak­ing.

“For fur­ther ac­cel­er­at­ing the growth process as well as re­al­is­ing the vi­sion of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, it is im­per­a­tive that the dy­namism, re­sources and in­no­va­tive spirit of the lead­ers in pri­vate sec­tor is fo­cussed to­wards the emerg­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges in the In­dian econ­omy,” NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said in a let­ter to those short­listed for the events.

“NITI is or­gan­is­ing an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion be­tween the prime min­is­ter and a group of highly mo­ti­vated, dynamic, young and pro­gres­sive entrepreneurs of pri­vate sec­tor who have demon­strated a pas­sion for trans­form­ing In­dia and are emerg­ing as cham­pi­ons of change for the coun­try,” Kant said.

The 150 short­listed young entrepreneurs would be segregated into six the­matic groups: New In­dia 2022, Dig­i­tal In­dia, Emerg­ing a Sus­tain­able To­mor­row, Health and Nu­tri­tion, Ed­u­ca­tion and Skill De­vel­op­ment, and Soft Power. Like­wise, the young CEOs would de­lib­er­ate on six sub­jects: New In­dia by 2022, Make in In­dia, Cities of To­mor­row, World Class In­fra­struc­ture, Dou­bling Farm­ers’ In­come and Fi­nan­cial Sec­tor Re­forms.

The event is likely to see the pri­vate sec­tor com­mit­ting on job cre­ation, in­come en­hance­ment and tech­nol­ogy dis­rup­tion and in­no­va­tion while seek­ing gov­ern­ment sup­port on ease of do­ing busi­ness and gov­er­nance and pol­icy. Each group would brain­storm through the morn­ing, gen­er­at­ing an ac­tion plan on its re­spec­tive theme. This would cover top­ics such as the de­sired pol­icy in­ter­ven­tions by cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments, pri­vate sec­tor con­tri­bu­tions and dis­rup­tive tech that could guar­an­tee in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment. The plans would then be pre­sented be­fore the PM and some of those could find their way into gov­ern­ment poli­cies.

NITI Aayog has se­lected 300 names in all to par­tic­i­pate in the two meet­ings that the PM will chair

ANIR­BAN BORA

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