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The 38 lateral-entry appointees, of whom 20 have already joined Niti Aayog, will be overseen by central civil service rules.
In an exclusive interview, Niti Aayog’s health and nutrition adviser Alok Kumar tells ThePrint that India has done way better than other countries with similar Covid numbers.
Niti Aayog and NIC will conduct the assessment. A Data Governance Quality Index scorecard will be prepared based on the results and the ministries will be ranked.
An AI model is being developed to detect signs of novel coronavirus infection by looking at an individual’s chest x-ray.
As concerns were raised over changes in labour laws in various states, Kumar said the central government was committed to protecting the interests of workers.
While India can currently conduct 1.25 lakh RT-PCR tests a day, the majority involve the use of imported kits.
Officials say the panel was formed last month, before the latest World Press Freedom Index that ranked India 142nd among 180 countries was released.
NITI Aayog adviser Alok Kumar said that the health ministry was notified and necessary protocol was being followed.
Niti Aayog will conduct surveys every 2-3 weeks and collate results to see if govt messaging on Covid has reached districts and if govt machinery is working at that level.
At a media briefing, NITI Aayog member V.K. Paul said doubling rate of Covid-19 in India is almost ten days now — from three days on 21 March.