From health and nutrition, concerns of migrant labour and LGBTQI communities to child rights, human trafficking and bonded labour – government’s think thank NITI Aayog has identified 17 thematic areas and assigned the same to sub groups comprising of representatives from civil society organisation, ministries, departments and UN agencies to enable effective policy making and implementation. NITI Aayog sees this to be a step towards better collaboration and developing the best policy framework and programme implementation mechanism
What
  1. These sub groups will identify bottlenecks, operational difficulties, policy constraints and best practices to enable effective policy formulation, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
  2. The government Think Tank has constituted a Civil Society Organisations Standing committee for engagement of CSOs, voluntary organisations and other development partners for achieving the national development agenda and sustainable development goals in India. Over 92,000 CSOs are already registered with Niti’s Aayog’s NGO Darpan Portal.
  3. The 17 sub-groups have been constituted as part of the NITI CSOs Standing Committee. The 17 thematic areas of focus include health and nutrition, WASH (Water, Sanitaiton & Hygiene), migrant labour, LGBTQI, child rights and child protection, human trafficking and bonded labour, women empowerment and security, disability and accessibility, elderly care, sustainable livelihoods, education, entrepreneurship and skill development, disaster relief and environment, youth engagement, micro finance, innovation and technology transfer and mapping, capacity building and regulation of voluntary sector.
  4. The sub groups will identify areas of CSOs engagement for better service delivery and efficient implementation of schemes. 
  5. They will deliberate and recommend action on specific issues referred by the government to suggest improvement in laws and policies. 
  6. These sub groups will also create forums for CSOs to deliberate and recommend specific challenges and promote partnerships between CSOs and the government.
  7. They will also guide and work on boosting Implementation of schemes and programmes in 115 aspirational districts and schemes and programmes for youth in Jammu and Kashmir.