Atul K Thakur
Bihar recorded a growth of 10.5 per cent in 2019-20, more than double the growth rate of the Indian economy that stood at 4.2 per cent, according to the Bihar Economic Survey 2020-21.
All 149 government-owned Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in Bihar will be upgraded as Centres of Excellence in partnership with Tata Technologies, a subsidiary of Tata Motors.
Seventeen new ministers were inducted in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s cabinet on Tuesday taking the total number to 31. BJP, which is the largest party among the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state, got nine berths, while Janata Dal (United) got eight.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi government has decided to boost expenditure, especially on healthcare, infrastructure and rural development in order to re-energise the Covid-hit economy. Outlay for healthcare and well-being has been increased by a whopping 137 per cent to Rs.2.24 lakh crore.
Online schooling took off in a big way during the Covid-19 pandemic. The percentage of enrolled children from government and private schools owning a smartphone increased from 36.5 per cent in 2018 to 61.8 per cent in 2020 in rural India, as per ASER 2020 report.
Atul K Thakur
Atul K Thakur is a Public Policy Professional, Journalist, and Writer with specialisation in the interface of politics and economics. His interest of writing and research is quite diverse and reaches to the areas of macro economic policies and international affairs, with special focus on South Asia.
As an author/editor, India Now & Its Transition (Niyogi Books, 2016) is his latest book. In 2013, he edited India since1947:Looking Back at a Modern Nation (Niyogi Books), a major work on modern India. His next book is going to be based on Nepal’s complex political transition, with authoritative research and first hand experience of knowing this country as a scholar.
His profile has been featured in publications include The Economic Times, The Financial Express, The Hindu, The Asian Age, The Times of India, The Kathmandu Post, The Friday Times, Daily Times, The Daily Star.
As a journalist and columnist, he has written for publications include: The Hindu, Indian Express, The Pioneer, The Kathmandu Post, Daily Times, The Daily Star, Businessworld, Governance Now, Tehelka, The Friday Times, The China Post, The Himalayan Times, Mainstream, Seven Sisters Post, The Financial World, India Quarterly, Strategic Analysis,Social Change, Warscapes, NewsYaps, IBN Live, India America Today, INCLUSION, New Spotlight, Rising Kashmir, The Kashmir Monitor, The Kashmir Walla, Kashmir Reader, Kashmir Dispatch. He is also a literary critic, having reviewed hundreds of books for leading publications in India and abroad.
He is an alumnus, inter alia, of Banaras Hindu University and has worked across the sectors, spanning consultancy, policy research and media.