India’s development journey with the Centre and states as equal partners was at the core of the 4th governing council of NITI Aayog chaired by the Prime Minister. Senior Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers of 23 states and a Lieutenant Governor took part in the deliberations at the highest policy making body of NITI Aayog.
With a few north eastern states facing the flood fury, Prime Minister assured Chief Ministers from the flood-affected States that the Union Government would provide all necessary assistance to them.
At the meeting, PM reiterated the Centre’s commitment to provide universal coverage of seven key schemes to 45,000 additional villages in 115 Aspirational Districts, by August 15. On the lines of Aspirational Districts, PM Modi put forth the idea of Aspirational Blocs in order to take development to the undeveloped and remote corners of the country.
With the aim of taking the Ujala Scheme to the next level, PM Modi called upon states to install LED lights for lighting up state govt offices and establishments.
PM said that for fulfilling the vision of a New India by 2022 the focus must be on Doubling farmers’ income, development of Aspirational Districts, Ayushman Bharat, Mission Indradhanush, and Nutrition Mission. He said that a comprehensive approach is being adopted towards education, under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan.
The Prime Minister said that schemes such as Mudra Yojana, Jan Dhan Yojana and Stand Up India, are helping in greater financial inclusion, while emphasizing the need for tackling economic imbalances on priority and easier access to govt. services for greater Ease of Living.
Addressing a press conference after the daylong meeting, the Aayog’s Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said that the PM has suggested integrating Agriculture and MNREGA to uplift the rural economy. A group of Chief Ministers will be formed with a mandate to suggest ways of synergising MNREGA with agricultural activities that range from sowing to harvesting.
The Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog also shared the enthusiasm exhibited by states for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat programme.
The meeting also saw the Prime Minister Modi urging states to set ambitious growth targets and appreciating suggestions made by Chief Ministers on water conservation, agriculture and MNREGA.
As a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called to make the nation garbage free by 1919. He also emphasised on waste management. During the Governing Council of NITI Aayog meet, the Prime Minister stressed to organise Kachra Mahotsav.
The meeting was yet another attempt to take India – a federation of states forward with equal participation of all the stakeholders.