New Delhi: Minister of Science & Technology, Harsh Vardhan released the ‘Action Agenda for an AtmaNirbhar Bharat (AAAN)’ report, prepared by the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) in New Delhi on Tuesday, 29th December. DST Secretary Ashutosh Sharma; ED, TIFAC, Pradeep Srivastava; and other senior scientists from TIFAC were present on the occasion, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Science & Technology.
The Ministry stated that this comprehensive action plan (AAAN) has been structured with reference to timeline, highlighting short, medium, and long term interventions in various identified sectors. The document also specifically defines overarching policy recommendations with reference to technological inputs, focusing towards local-to-global, thereby reviving the Indian economy in identified domains of Innovation and Technology Development, Technology Adoption/Diffusion, Boosting up Manufacturing and Productivity, Trade and Globalisation, Internet Policy and Data Management, Education & Training, and AI among others.
The comprehensive report AAAN is a consequential follow-up of the TIFAC’s White Paper on Focused Interventions for ‘Make in India’: post Covid -19, which was released earlier in July 2020 by Science & Technology Minister Vardhan. The White Paper highlighted five thrust sectors, viz. Healthcare, Machinery, ICT, Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Electronics that would be critical for India’s economic growth post-Covid using technology stimulus and captured sector-specific strengths, market trends, and opportunities.
Speaking at the event, Harsh Vardhan said that the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stood by India during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is this which has given confidence to the people of the country. “We have been able to beat the virus, we have even left behind the professional acumen of the world. We have shown to the world ‘When India decides, it does’,” the Minister stated.
Appreciating the diligent efforts of TIFAC, Harsh Vardhan said that the ideas contained in the AAAN report should be taken forward with the implementing agencies. “The ultimate outcome of the report has to be in addition to the quality of life and how our efforts can contribute to Atmanirbhar Bharat,” the Minister explained, as per the Ministry of Science & Technology.
Elaborating the need for relentless efforts, Sci-Tech Minister Vardhan advised, “Implementing the action agenda requires a lot of efforts, perseverance, and pursuance, and we should not be found wanting in this area. A roadmap should be drawn for implementing the key suggestions in the AAAN report by 15th August 2022, when India turns 75 years old.”
DST Secretary Ashutosh Sharm said that the aim of the Action Report is to create a sense of scientific social responsibility and to lay down imperatives for the future of technology in India, noting that it looks at the challenges, possibilities, and how to find solutions.
Pradeep Srivastava made a detailed presentation on the AAAN report.
Background of the ‘Action Agenda for an AtmaNirbhar Bharat’ report
The Science & Technology Ministry stated that the ongoing pandemic and Covid-19 onslaught have torn the world apart, adding that the world today is experiencing unprecedented health and economic crisis. A widespread deep global recession has been bolstered, undermining global cooperation and multilateralism, the statement said, adding that the most outward global economies have turned inwards and are designing enhanced measures for the rebooting and resilience of the economy.
TIFAC’s White Paper on Focused Interventions for ‘Make in India’: post-Covid -19 which was released in July 2020, has highlighted five thrust sectors, viz. Healthcare, Machinery, ICT, Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Electronics that would be critical for India’s economic growth using technology stimulus and captured sector-specific strengths, market trends, and opportunities, the Sci-Tech Ministry stated.
After the release of the White Paper, as a consequential follow-up and in order to maximise the impact of the White paper on economic resilience, TIFAC followed a consultative approach and organised a series of brainstorming workshops involving key players of each sector covering industry, academia, R&D institutes, and policy-makers. The detailed deliberations and specific recommendations have been presented in this comprehensive report titled “AAAN” as an Action Agenda for an AtmaNirbhar Bharat, according to the Ministry’s statement.
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