Monday, September 03, 2018

We need to move people, not cars, says NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant as he rides a bicycle in Delhi

CYCLING  is the future of India, NITI Aayog CEO and 1980 batch IAS of Kerala cadre, Amitabh Kant, said in New Delhi on Sunday, before cycling with minister of state for home  Kiren Rijiju and hundred others as a part of the programme, Movelo Cyclothon, organised by the government think-tank near the India Gate, Delhi. Kant, 62, who had recently uploaded a video with his kick-boxing action, termed cycling as an...
“inclusive, affordable and cleaner mode of transportation”. 
“Phenomenal experience! We need to move people, not cars. Cycling is the way to go for a healthier life and a less polluting city”, he tweeted, adding that cycling lanes are a must for Indian cities. He then gives a hashtag, #Move. Minister Rijiju thanked NITI Aayog for organising the event and urged the need to make cities cycle-friendly. 
NITI Aayog in a tweet later said, “Children, senior citizens and people from all walks of life gathered at the Movelo Cyclothon today to pedal into the #FutureOfMobility”. 
Kant’s colleagues often call him a rockstar civil servant. That NITI Aayog came forward to organise such an event only substitutes that. In fact, the government think-tank’s earlier avatar, the Planning Commission, refrained from organising any such public shows and was confined to organising mostly seminars, talks etc.
As an IAS, Kant had earlier played key roles in driving some of India’s key campaign brands such as Incredible India, God’s Own Country and Make in India.

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