CEO of the NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant (File photo)
The task of managing the flow of foreign aid is massive, says Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, who heads a panel mandated to monitor the distribution of relief material. During an interaction with TOI’s Surojit Gupta , he explains the process and how technology has been leveraged to make it transparent. Excerpts:
There is criticism that needy hospitals and institutions are not getting part of the aid?
There are three channels through which aid is received — government to government (G2G), private to government (P2G) and also through states, NGOs and civil society organizations (CSOs) directly to those impacted by Covid-19. In P2G, the Niti Aayog coordinates with prospective donors through the CovAID platform which allows individual and private donors to fill in their intent to donate and track the status of their shipments. Given the limited quantity of aid received, we cannot afford to spread it too…