1. NITI Aayog Meet: Vision of ‘New India’ can only be realised through combined effort, PM Narendra Modi tells CMs

NITI Aayog Meet: Vision of ‘New India’ can only be realised through combined effort, PM Narendra Modi tells CMs

PM Narendra Modi stressed on the need of working together.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: April 23, 2017 7:15 PM
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Addressing its 3rd council meet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that Niti Aayog is taking steps to transform India, with fresh vigour. “NITI Aayog has been taking steps to transform India, with fresh vigour,” Modi said.  Highlighting the significance of GST, PM said, “GST reflects the spirit of “One nation, One aspiration, One determination.” He added, “Consensus on GST will go down in history as a great example of cooperative federalism.” Modi said that consensus on GST will go down in history as a great illustration of cooperative federalism.  The PM further stressed on need of working together. “Convinced that vision of “New India” can only be realised through the combined effort of all States and CMs,” PM Modi added. He further said that Aayog is working independently with young enthusiasts on board.

Modi called upon states to “speed up capital expenditure and infrastructure creation” to spur economic growth. “Niti Aayog is working on a 15-year long term vision, seven-year medium term strategy, and three-year action agenda,” he told the meeting. “Team India” has assembled here to discuss and reflect on ways to prepare the country for changing global trends, Modi said. “It is the collective responsibility of this gathering to envision the India of 2022 –- the 75th anniversary of Independence -– and see how the nation can swiftly move forward to achieve these goals,” he added.
Modi further added that while there has been a 40 per cent increase in overall fund allocation to states between 2014-15 and 2016-17, the percentage of funds tied to Central schemes has declined from 40 per cent to 25 per cent. States need “to speed up capital expenditure and infrastructure creation,” he said.  Stating that poor infrastructure in the country is hampering economic development, Modi said more expenditure on basic infrastructure such as roads, ports, power and rail would help in accelerating the pace of growth. Referring to the change in budget presentation date, the prime minister said the move enables timely availability of funds at the beginning of the financial year.  “Earlier, budgeted scheme funds were generally not approved by Parliament till May, after which they would be communicated to states and ministries. By that time, the monsoon arrived. Hence, the best working season for schemes was typically lost,” he added.

“Through NITI, CMs views on key matters such as Centrally Sponsored Schemes, Swacch Bharat, Skill Devp & Digital Payments taken on board,” PM said. “NITI doesn’t rely on Govt inputs. Taken on board young specialists, experts; States now contribute to policy making” Modi added.  “NITI is a collaborative federal body whose strength is in its ideas, rather than in administrative or financial control,” he said. The PM laid out his vision for ‘Team India’ attended by all chief ministers of all states. Speaking earlier, NITI Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya shared a presentation on the roadmap to double the income of farmers.

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Addressing the meet, Panagariya said NITI has been working very closely with states and is trying its best to take India forward. He added that as states work in national interest, Centre works to promote their interests too. “As states work in the national interest, the Centre, NITI Aayog, work to promote the interests of states. NITI has been working very closely with states & issues concerning them to take India forward,” Panagariya said.

With PTI inputs

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