India will take the lead among the new world order at G-20 conference to address issues of labour mobility as well as project India’s roadmap for making a sustainable progress among its peers in the global economy.
"We are pushing the issue of climate change strongly at G-20 summit. There should at least be less pessimism here as we are growing at 7.5 per cent compared to 6 per cent growth of China. But we are looking to grow sustainably also in the future,", NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog Vice Chairman Panagariya said.
The G-20 summit this year, that brings together global leaders to find roadmap for the future of the world, will meet at Hangzhou, China from September 4 to 5. The theme of the meet is 'Towards and Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy.'
In a politico-economic atmosphere where migrant workers are facing more entry barriers, India will take a lead at the summit to address the issue of labour mobility. "I would also like to emphasise on the international mobility particularly of professional workers," he said, addressing a CII conference.
Meanwhile, on anticipations over the government’s 15-year vision document that was expected to be outlined last month, Panagariya said, consultations are underway at NITI Aayog for framing the document that will 'replace Nehruvian views of development'.
Recently, Panagariya while briefing media persons over the vision document, said he had so far briefed the government on ‘past mistakes’ (of the Planning Commission), so that they can be avoided. The NITI Aayog head said his advises were taken well by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who heads the panel and had acceded to his request for new advisors at the plan panel.
"The Aayog has started the work on the vision document. Various chapters have to be assigned to advisors and we are having large number of consultations. There is some urgency to proceed but at the same time we do not want to compromise the quality of the document," he said.
The former ADB chief economist lauded the government's Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and called it the most important step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards development.
"We cannot hope to become a developed nation without first being a clean one," he said, adding that India's low human development score is a cause of concern for the planning body.
"A 90 per cent majority of the work force is engaged in the informal sector and are not being paid well. India must address all issues related to human and social development," Panagariya said.