NITI Aayog’s CEO Mr. Amitabh Kant recently announced that India will have its one-nation-one-card policy for seamless connectivity between different modes of transports. Mr Kant further added that seamless connectivity of public transport is necessary for any economy, but it plays an even more vital role when it comes to a developing economy like India.
NITI Aayog: One Nation One Card
A strong and sturdy public transport is the backbone of a country. It plays an important role for the development of other sectors also. Logistics sector also got the status of Infrastructure as Indian Government is trying to bring more investments into the transportation sector. When Infrastructure status is given to a sector, it makes it eligible for getting long-term loans at very competitive rates. Mr Kant said that:
The objective of the strategy is to plan for the citizens first, rather than focusing on vehicles alone, by providing sustainable mobility and accessibility by switching to cleaner mode of transportation.
It is to be noted that the road transport sector contributes roughly more than 4 percent to the overall GDP of India. The worse part is, most of it is still heavily dependant on fossil fuels which contributes badly towards air quality. Government, according to the NITI Aayog CEO, is trying to find a long-term solution which helps in increasing the growth of the transport sector while being easy on the environment also. He also requested that citizens play an important role in the transport sector. They should try to share the ride whenever possible when traveling somewhere.
Notably, NITI Aayog that replaced the Planning Commission in 2014, is the only government organization that has a CEO. Amitabh Kant, who is the current CEO of the organization is an IAS officer.