Ad Here  
July
August
September
October
November
December
 
 
Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... The nuclear option Delhi is distant… Strengthen the base... How Air-India loses customs... Small units prefers to remain small... Plummeting profits of PSBs Parliament in paralysis... The balancing act Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Which side are you, Montek? S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health Shipping woes of Chennai companies Kinetic Karnataka For whom the bell tolls? Preserving for the future When nations steal growth from one another… Wise Presidents Tribute Vibrant Gujarat Poor quality of university VCs Pharma – overdose of copying Multi-faceted Venkat Mersal magnified Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Moily’s bold thrust An enemy’s enemy is a friend TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership A proud Madrasi Waning interest in public discussions… A more liberated TN… Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt No Maha Koottani in TN... Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Road development slows down Nuclear power at the nucleus Haul over the coal GNS - 100: our first subscriber Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Solar, solar everywhere … All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Quality education through the PPP mode The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V Welcome GST Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria Why land prices zoom in TN? Auto components surge… This scant respect for Law Make standards certification mandatory... Tribute – M V Murugappan Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated When Ratan Tata visited SRM Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Telangana in top gear… Delhi returns to BJP CII projects higher growth… Tax agriculture TGS- The king storyteller An inexplicable neglect West Bengal: mindless malignancy Rahman at CIC London, London Narayan Why this malaise in medical education? Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Robber barons everywhere MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Engineering seats go abegging A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Kudos to NDTV... The few handicaps... The why of tax incentives Boy, can you beat these? Delhi Chalo... Lalu’s envy, India’s pride An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Medical costs hit the roof... Intellectual of rare qualities More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Making ‘my Amaravati’... PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Music happens The rise and rise of KCP Modi and the lady Readers' Mail He continues the focus on social amelioration Delhi is distant Funding the un-funded A professional at the helm of IRDA... New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Streamlining mandatory third party cover Recognition to role of NBFCs.... No engine for this car Where is Rajaji? Cement prices continue to rise… No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Fortune 500 review The Gulf aviation boom Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Mu Sigma – is no more F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing More tributes to GR Things happen by accident and not by design... Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Russi Mody – a tribute IPL type auction for VCs? The star of Spencers is no more Come elections, come advertisements... The brown list of Venkitaramanan A think tank for Chennai Sweet news for TN sugar mills Gay abandon in pricing Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Revving up the manufacturing sector TIAM turns a full cycle Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS Valli, they are more marginalised China invests in India Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks The Jan Dhan bonanza Airlines in India: cost and space Adharma of opposition politics CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Shanti and Sadhana through Music Tatas moving out of urea production... Maximising the micro pricing … Discoms deserve better… Increasing non co-operation of state leaders WTO Meet: resolved to meet again EEC at the National Media Centre A glass full of corruption Roaring Ro-Ro facility Editor's Notes Computation of GDP – conundrums continue Don’t seem to feel the pulse… Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Editor's Says Cutting the nose to spite the face Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform ONGC at KG Basin IAS invades NDDB... Secularism and anti-Hinduism Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Fortune for Indian Airlines Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Muffled voices for merit… S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Return to king coal for urea... CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... He saved millions from starvation... Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Wanted: a second airport for Chennai Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. SoA @ 80 Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Should we change the official year? Put expensive assets created to use... There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Where a state respects its litterateurs… Contrarian cousins Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Gas is the way forward A rich pool of talent not utilised…. When online building permits work…. More heat than light Silver Years of Madras Musings Kulandai was a giant Solar thermal shines… Another Indian music maestro at the UN When the President was rendered homeless… Tatas moving out of urea production... For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Five star activism stalls development activity PC’s preference for professionals …and of a popular trade leader Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Banning booze... Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan The power-full Hindujas Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School The sea- saw battle continues... Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu The Swadeshi Trump Sri Lanka votes for change When small is no larger beautiful.. to the lack of interest on the part of these to focus on original research. This despite the much lower costs of such research in India. The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines A yen for wastage… Paytm karo... Modi storms Silicon Valley The rise and fall of Annamalai University Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Towards speedy justice GM Technology at last! TELANGANA at last…BUT R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Welcome focus on core competence Convulsions in The Hindu Polls and promises Build close rapport with business leaders A friendly business group Sweeter prospects for sugar B H Kothari - a tribute Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Align crops to agro climate endowments… Revive development banks... Quality silica from Neyveli A welcome initiative by the judiciary EVM is tamper-proof Protest masters... IPL - no surprise this scam Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Noble nonagenarians... Tough task taking states together Building loyalty through the stomach Breaththrough in malaria control The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Demise of a media baron... Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Shale gas and its shallow future Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Fuel for thought
 
Delhi is distant

Fifty years ago, in 1965-66 Sachindra Choudhry as Finance Minister opted for a steep devaluation of the rupee. The economy was then in dire straits with a severe drought causing a steep fall in food production. Indira Gandhi was struggling to find her feet as the Prime Minister. Keen to explain the government’s policies and to get reactions from the media, she launched the Economic Editors’ Conference (EEC).

The EEC became an annual event inaugurated by the Finance Minister and addressed by a dozen ministers handling economic portfolios, assisted by senior civil servants of the respective departments. The EEC provided an important forum to discuss the impact of economic policies on the different regions. As one attending this from 1973 continuously for four decades, I have found value in this interaction. The forum provided the opportunity to project the impact of policies on different regions and also report on specific needs of regions far removed from Delhi. For instance, at the EEC in 1973, I pointed to the inadequacy of the mining capacity at the Neyveli Lignite Corporation that plunged NLC into continuous underperformance and losses. Mohan Kumaramangalam, the then minister of Steels & Mines, appreciated the query and assured quick redressal. The special sanction that followed for augmenting the mining machinery resulted in NLC emerging as a highly profitable PSU.

 For journalists outside Delhi, the EEC provided an invaluable opportunity to meet with policymakers and discuss policy issues.

 The NDA government has not convened the EEC since it assumed power in 2014 (even in the first NDA government, Jaswant Singh as Finance Minister missed out one).

 The media of Lutyens’ Delhi has not been fair and kind to Narendra Modi and this seems to have conditioned his reflex to keep the media at a distance. But should this also extend to his cabinet colleagues?

 In this light, the Press Information Bureau organised a two-day regional editors’ conference for the Southern States on 1 and 2 September. The Prime Minister has directed his cabinet colleagues to undertake the Tiranga Yatra to explain the highlights of the NDA -2 performance over the last two years. The I&B Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the conference in Chennai along with a photo exhibition to commemorate the country’s 70th independence day. He explained in detail the plans of his Ministry of Urban Affairs with a focus on infrastructure and housing. The Minister for Law and Justice and IT Ravishankar Prasad, known for his articulation, described in detail the Digital India initiative that promises India to leap-frog development.

Two other Union Ministers, Nitin Gadkari and Kiren Rijiju, who were listed to participate did not make it, but senior civil servants of their ministries made detailed presentations. Those on shipping and highways were rich with details on the impressive work done in the development of roads, ports and inland waterways and the focus on the northeast.  The continuous and steep drop in exports due to the global slowdown is a matter of concern. Minister for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman made a detailed presentation on the efforts made to focus on specific products and specific regions to expand exports. But, like the AIADMK ministers, she laboured on micro issues like areca and copra, missing out on larger issues affecting the Make in India effort.

The programme included a visit to the IIT-Madras Research Park. Dr Ashok Junjunwala made an evocative demonstration of a welcome breakthrough: a 125 kW solar power unit modified to use DC, which can be used to power homes at a low cost and with reduced dependence on grid power. This famous scientist has made invaluable contributions in the telecom and rural development spheres. The IIT-M Research Park that provides for close collaboration between scientists and researchers in the industry and the academy and students of IIT-M, has already produced some innovative products and several applications with great promise.

 

Author :
Reported On :
Sector :
Shoulder :
RELATED NEWS
ABOUT IE
IE, the business magazine from south was launched in 1968 and pioneered business journalism in south. Through the 45 years IE has been focusing on well-presented and well-researched articles. When giants in the industry stumbled to keep pace with the digital revolution, IE stayed affixed embracing technology.
Read more
 
PRIVACY POLICY
Economist Communications Ltd is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.
Read more
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
You agree that your use of this Website and the purchase of the magazine will be governed by these terms and conditions.
Read more
 
CONTACT US
S-15, Industrial Estate,
Guindy,
Chennai - 600 032.
PHONE: +91 44 22501236
EMAIL: indecom1968@gmail.com