According to the poll panel, there are over 2.5 lakh voters aged 100 years and above, while there are almost 1.8 crore voters aged 80 and above.
A committee would be set up to examine the issues of migrant voters, the commission said. A wider consultation would be started with voters and political parties thereafter since they are the primary stakeholders.
Prior to assuming charge in the Election Commission, Kumar had been chairman of the Public Enterprises Selection Board.
Notwithstanding economic uncertainties triggered by the Russia-Ukraine war that is also impacting global supply chains, Rajiv Kumar asserted that it was quite clear from all accounts that India will remain the fastest growing economy in the world.
Inviting Japanese investors to set up companies in India on a larger scale under the recently launched production linked incentive (PLI) schemes, NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar said India remains very deeply committed to greater integration with global flows and the regional network.
An open platform is created using public investment, wherein numerous private entrepreneurs, start-ups and developers can join to create new solutions, Vaishnaw added.
Stressing that the Budget has focused on infrastructure development as well as on sunrise sectors and frontier technologies, Rajiv Kumar said the finance minister talked about starting a virtuous cycle that will be led by private investment to which the government investment is going to be a facilitator.
Speaking at a virtual conference of PAFI India, he also said that modernisation of the retail sector is very much on the cards.
Releasing a report on 'Reforms In Urban Planning', Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said there is a compelling need to plug the gaps in urban-planning capacity in the country.
Kumar further said there is a need for setting up new coalitions of like minded nations while strengthening and promoting the existing multilateral institutions to ensure a liberalised and multilateral order is put in place to serve the global community.
The way forward is less consumption of natural resources, more innovation of materials using less resources and recycling of these resources, Kumar added.
Releasing a report titled 'Turning Around the Power Distribution Sector', Kumar said the report examines many important reforms such as the role of the private sector in distribution, power procurement, regulatory oversight, integration of renewable energy, and upgradation of infrastructure.
He also asserted that the country is prepared in a far better manner in case there is a COVID wave as states have also their own lessons from the previous two waves.
Fiscal stimulus is needed for the economy to bounce back, but cash transfers may not be useful because people may keep the money in the bank instead of increasing consumption – a trend visible in the swelling balances in the Jan Dhan accounts of the poor, NITI Aayog Vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar told Moneycontrol.
In an interview with Moneycontrol, Kumar said that a fiscal stimulus is needed to 'revive animal spirits' of the economy, but added that direct income support would not be the way to do it. “You might see that in the third quarter, people who have reduced their estimates today will be revising them upwards again,” he said.
Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said that by defering the phases of the election, it would have led to a situation where they would be conducted under President's rule, this would have triggered sharper criticism about the poll panel favouring one party against another.
Days after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the Union Budget for 2021-22 laying out various measures (including disinvestment proposals) to bolster the pandemic-hit economy, Kumar also emphasised that the Modi government has shown consistent commitment for the welfare of farmers and for the improvement of the agriculture sector.
NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar also stressed that reform measures announced in the Budget will help us achieve the target of $5 trillion economy.
The meeting, being organised by the government think tank NITI Aayog will be held virtually and will also be attended by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
Kumar was speaking at a webinar on DST Golden Jubilee Discourse Series – On the other side of the Pandemic – organised recently by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication and Vigyan Prasar.
The Cabinet will soon consider approving such incentives for more sectors, Rajiv Kumar, vice chairman of NITI Aayog, a government think-tank told a virtual conference.
In a letter to NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar, CII National Committee on Mining President Sunil Duggal said, "Under these times of economic stress, where the government is under pressure to spur growth, the mineral and resources sector could be a potential driver of high growth capable of contributing 8 percent of GDP by 2025-taking India on a path towards $5 trillion economy."
Kumar was speaking at the virtual launch of a report titled - Towards a Clean Energy Economy: Post-COVID-19 Opportunities in India's Energy and Mobility Sectors - prepared by government think tank Niti Aayog and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).
The Niti Aayog vice chairman noted that the government is working on saving lives and livelihoods.
Addressing a webinar organised by Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal, Kumar pointed out that private sector investment is necessary for the economic growth of India.