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In his first interview after taking over as NITI Aayog vice-chairman, SUMAN BERY tells Indivjal Dhasmana and Sanjeeb Mukherjee that his important job will be to ideate a medium-term roadmap for revival of economic growth. The conversation ranged from cooperative federalism to growth-inflation trade off and more. Edited excerpts:

Meta-governance: Role of metaverse in India’s E-governance

To understand the metaverse, we have to travel back to 1992, when the word “Metaverse” was first coined by Neal Stephenson in his science fiction novel – “Snow Crash”, where humans, in their Avatars, interacted with each other in a virtual space. Metaverse is a combination of two words, “meta” (which has its Greek origin and which means beyond or across) and “universe”. It is a virtual realm where physical, augmented, and virtual reality converge. To put it simply, in the metaverse, you will experience the internet in 3D using special AR/VR devices and other body gears.

Nourishing the undernourished: One Toy at a Time

​​ While the complete success of the initiative will be reflected through the reduced rate of malnutrition in the district, it is showing early signs of progress. The initiative not only reduced the dropout rate of the children who left the centre before the 14-day period, but also ensured 100% occupancy of the beds. There has also been an uptick in the follow-up treatment visits.

Rural Women: Key to New India’s Agrarian Revolution

Rural women are torchbearers for social, economic and environment transformation for the ‘New India’. In India, Agriculture employs about 80 percent of rural women. Empowering and mainstreaming rural women workforce in agriculture can bring paradigm shift towards economic growth. It will enhance food and nutrition security and alleviate poverty and hunger. It’s a winwin strategy for achieving Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Local to Global: Promotion of Tribal Products

As per the Census 2011, the tribal population constitutes about 8.9% of the total population in India. They are spread across the country and reside in the forest and hilly regions of the country. The tribal economy is mainly concentrated around the collection and processing of Minor Forest Products and cultivation largely for the purpose of domestic consumption. They usually struggle to meet their economic needs with a bare minimum income (cash). This is due to a substantial number of tribals being cut off from the civilized world, who are unable to adapt to modernization.

A Green India for all: An aspiration

As India’s green energy sector prepares to leap forward, it is worth examining the landscape and charting out the path ahead. Reforms in this sector have been on-going for over a decade and the total installed capacity from renewable sources has doubled in the last five years, touching the 100 GW mark this August.

One billion doses: India’s leadership in the world

All signs indicate that the global economy is recovering much faster than expected. The key to this faster than expected global recovery has been vaccinations. Clearly, vaccines are the most potent weapon in this global battle against the pandemic.

Strengthening the Indian Agriculture ecosystem

India is growing at a rapid pace and so is the use of technology in the growing sectors of the country. A major mass of the population is still dependent and practicing agriculture as its primary source of income. India has been in a continuous tryst with its farming infra, practices and associated communities since independence.

Artificial Intelligence revolutionising Agriculture

Automation in agriculture is an emerging subject across the world. In recent time, Artificial Intelligence has been seeing a lot of direct application in farming AI-powered solutions will not only enable farmers to do more with less, it will also improve quality and ensure faster go-to-market for crops.