Webinar

Making Regulatory Reforms Inclusive and Sustainable

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Saturday | 25 July 2020 | 1100-1200 hrs

Over the years, the idea of regulatory reforms in India has become closely linked with ease of doing business. Measures like reducing compliance burden, making it easier to start a business, hire and retrench workers, particularly for large enterprises, have captured the imagination. It has been argued that, unfortunately, this approach has failed to consider concerns of informal entrepreneurs, micro small and medium enterprises, workers, and citizens, who bear disproportionate burden of our regulatory frameworks.1 Such worries have gained prominence in light of developments on account of Covid-19 pandemic. 

There is, thus, a need to rethink our approach towards regulatory reforms for making them inclusive and sustainable. This can happen by making citizen well-being and sustainable progress as core objective of regulatory reforms, and adopting a whole of government systems approach to design and implement such reforms. An appeal to the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers of all states of India on these lines has been made.

The panel is expected to return recommendations and a report. The discussion examines the following:

  1. How to make regulatory reforms inclusive and sustainable?
  2. How to institutionalise mechanisms for enabling governments to understand stakeholder concerns?
  3. Incentives and disincentives required in this regard.

Agenda

11:00-11:05Introductory Remarks
Dr Gursharan Dhanjal, MD & Editor, SKOCH Group
11:05-11:45Panel Discussion 
Moderator: Mr Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International
Mr Ajay Shankar, Former Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
Mr Arun Maira, Thought Leader and Author
Ms Jahnabi Phookan, President, FLO & Director, JTI Group
Mr Rishi Agrawal, Co-founder and CEO, Avantis RegTech
11:45-11:55Q&A Session 
11:55-12:00Closing Remarks
Mr Rohan Kochhar, Director, Public Policy, SKOCH Group
Mr Udai S Mehta, Deputy Executive Director, CUTS International

<strong>Pradeep S Mehta</strong>

Pradeep S Mehta

Secretary General, CUTS International
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Mr Sameer Kochhar

Sameer Kochhar

Chairman, SKOCH Group

Arun Maira

Arun Maira

Thought Leader and Author
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<strong>Jahnabi Phookan</strong>

Jahnabi Phookan

National President, FLO & Director, JTI Group
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<strong><strong>Rishi Agrawal</strong></strong>

Rishi Agrawal

Co-founder & CEO, Avantis RegTech
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Ajay Shankar

Ajay Shankar

Former Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
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Source
1 - Kulkarni and Agrawal, The real issue: Businesses need to comply with 194 labour laws, spend Rs. 4.58 lakh per annum, 18 July 2020, The Economic Times Rise
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Pradeep S Mehta
Secretary General, CUTS International

Pradeep S Mehta is the founder Secretary General of the Jaipur-based Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS International), a leading economic policy research, advocacy and networking, non-governmental group in India, with offices in Nairobi, Lusaka, Hanoi, Accra, Geneva and Washington DC. Established in 1983/84, CUTS International has now completed 35 glorious years.

Currently, he is a Member of the Board of Trade; Better Regulatory Advisory Group; among other groups of the Government of India. Among several advisory positions, he has been honorary Adviser to the Commerce and Industries Minister of India and to the Director General of the WTO.

Arun Maira
Thought Leader and Author

Arun Maira has an unusual combination of experience as a hands-on leader, a consultant to leaders, and a thought-leader on subjects of leadership and institution transformation, in the private, public, and social sectors.

He has written several books on institutional transformation. The most recent are Transforming Systems: Why the World needs a New Ethical Toolkit and Listening for Well-Being: Conversations with People Not Like Us. Arun was a Member of India’s Planning Commission from 2009-14, prior to which he was Chairman of the Boston Consulting Group India, and previously had worked with the Tata Group for 25 years.

Jahnabi Phookan
National President, FLO & Director, JTI Group

Jahnabi Phookan is the 37th National President of FLO, the Women’s Wing of FICCI. She is the first FLO President from India’s northeast. She is passionate about women’s empowerment and tirelessly works towards building sustainable livelihoods for women’s economic upliftment.

Jahnabi is an entrepreneur and co-founder of two National Tourism Award winning companies – Jungle Travels India and Assam Bengal Navigation under JTI group. Her companies are in travel & tourism, long-distance river cruising, hospitality, tea and textiles - all of which touch women's lives and livelihood. She was the founder Vice Chairperson of FLO Northeast Chapter in 2007.

Rishi Agrawal
Co-founder & CEO, Avantis RegTech

Rishi is co-founder and CEO at Avantis RegTech, A TeamLease Company. He is a passionate technology entrepreneur who believes in the infinite potential of technology to change human lives. Over the past few years, Rishi has worked with over 1,000 organisations (Enterprises & MSMEs) across 40 Industries in India helping them through their compliance management journey. 

He deeply understands the regulatory environment and the complexity of managing Compliances across Central, State and Local Governments. He has been working with Corporate India, Industry bodies and Think tanks to enable Compliance 3.0 via a three-vector framework of Rationalisation, Simplification and Digitisation.

Ajay Shankar
Former Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion

Ajay Shankar has rich and varied experience in public service for over forty-five years, primarily in the fields of industry and urban development. He retired as Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in December 2009. He has served from November 2011-2014 as Member Secretary of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council.

Ajay has chaired the Expert Committee of the Government for Replacing Multiple Prior Permissions with a Regulatory Mechanism for improving Ease of Doing Business. He has been Principal Adviser in the Planning Commission. He is the President of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for MSME Clusters.