digital public goods

India leads in digital public goods, but needs to bridge digital divide

India is a global leader in digital public goods as demonstrated in the development of Aadhar, UPI, National Digital Health Mission, and Open Government Data Platform. #Digitalpublicgoods #digitalindia #G20 Read more »
Marine plastic pollution is a major threat to the planet.

Marine plastic pollution snowballing into major crisis

Marine plastic pollution may grow by an unprecedented 2.6 times by 2040 from 171 trillion pieces at present. #marinepollution #plasticpollution #climate #pollution Read more »
US-India trade

US-India trade potential largely untapped despite chip deal

US commerce secretary Gina Raimondo highlighted the potential of US-India trade beyond #semiconductors as both countries are keen to reduce reliance on #Chinese #electronics #imports. #USIndiatrade #economy Read more »
LGBTQ+ rights

Take data out of the closet for the well-being of LGBTQ+ people

The #Covid19 and #Mpox outbreaks exacerbated patterns of social exclusion and violence, creating a negative effect on #LGBTQ+ people. #PMNCH Read more »
migrant labour, internal migration

Internal migration: States must ensure safety to avoid economic, diversity losses

Removing hurdles to internal migration holds key to India’s #future #growth. The existing #legal mechanism must be strengthened to protect the interests of #migrants. #economy #demography Read more »
PSU preference in public procurement

Public procurement: Periodic review of preferential treatment can ensure cost effectiveness

Governments should apply the principle of competitive neutrality in public procurement in cases where no participant has any competitive advantage. #GeM #publicprocurement #publicsector Read more »
telecom industry, BSNL, social media regulation, TRAI, Draft telecom bill

Clipping the wings: Is India sabotaging its telecom sector

TRAI should fix minimum tariffs to save the telecom industry from the price war and to create healthy competition among service providers. #telecom #industry Read more »
struggle for gender parity

Women’s Day 2023: Gender parity still a distant dream

WEF’s Gender Gap Report 2022 shows that even the best performing countries have not achieved full gender parity. Read more »
g20, protectionism, multilateralism

India’s G20 presidency must address rising protectionism

The economic crisis triggered by the pandemic and Ukraine-Russia war has led to the rise of protectionism that is negating the gains of #globalisation in the last few decades. #G20 #multilateralism Read more »
Digital Personal Data Protection Bill

Digital Personal Data Protection Bill needs tweaking to eliminate foul play potential

The lack of clarity on what constitutes national security could make the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill vulnerable to misuse by the government. #DigitalPersonalDataProtectionBill #surveillance Read more »