Niti Aayog Current Affairs - 2020

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Panel set up by PMO to mitigate COVID-19 and restore normalcy after 21 Days Lock Down

On March 29, 2020 the Prime Minister Office constituted a high-level panel to restore normalcy after 21 days of normalcy. The high-level committee is to suggest measures to improve health-care, reduce miseries and put the economy back on track.


The committee is to work under the chairmanship of P K Mishra, principal secretary of the Prime Minister. The committee will have separate task forces. Each group is to have 6 members. In all 20 secretaries and 40 other officials have been employed.

Economic Affairs

The “Economy and Welfare” panel will work under the Economic Affairs Secretary. The panel has been tasked to bring out solutions to the issues caused in formal and informal sectors that are hit hard due to COVID-19. It will also suggest special welfare schemes targeting the poor that has suffered a lot due to the virus


Another working group has been constituted under the leadership of Niti Aayog member V K Paul. The team is to suggest measures to keep the supply of medical equipment, medicines continuous and also ensure hospital availability. It will also work towards increasing the number o trained medical professionals.

They will also focus on research and development.

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RAISE 2020: First Artificial Intelligence Summit of India postponed due to Corona Virus

The GoI has postponed the first artificial intelligence summit of the country called RAISE to October 2020.


RAISE 2020 is Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020. The summit has been postponed to contain the spread of Corona Virus in the country. It was to be conducted between April 11, 2020 and April 12, 2020.

The Summit is first of its kind. It aims to provide India a roadmap towards social inclusion, transformation and empowerment with the help of Artificial Intelligence.

Objective of the summit

The Summit aims to outline goals and vision of India in using Artificial Intelligence. It will enable exchange of ideas in order to create mass awareness about the current needs of Artificial Intelligence.

GoI measures

In 2019, NITI Aayog established computing platform called AIRAWAT (Artificial Intelligence Research, Analytics and Knowledge Assimilation Platform). It is a cloud computing platform that aims to make India a pioneer amongst emerging economies in sectors such as agriculture, education, health, urbanization and mobility.

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