The Government has replaced Planning Commission with a new institution named NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India). The institution will serve as ‘Think Tank’ of the Government-a directional and policy dynamo. NITI Aayog will provide Governments at the central and state levels with relevant strategic and technical advice across the spectrum of key elements of policy, this includes matters of national and international import on the economic front, dissemination of best practices from within the country as well as from other nations, the infusion of new policy ideas and specific issue-based support.
The following is the full text of the Cabinet Resolution:-
Mahatma Gandhi had said: “Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position”. Reflecting this spirit and the changed dynamics of the new India, the institutions of governance and policy have to adapt to new challenges and must be built on the founding principles of the Constitution of India, the wealth of knowledge from our civilizational history and the present day socio-cultural context.
a. The industry and service sectors have developed and are operating on a global scale now. To build on this foundation, new India needs an administration paradigm in which the government is an “enabler” rather than a “provider of first and last resort”. The role of the government as a “player” in the industrial and service sectors has to be reduced. Instead, government has to focus on enabling legislation, policy making and regulation.
b. India’s traditional strength in agriculture has increased manifold on account of the efforts of our farmers and improvements in technology. We need to continue to improve, and move from pure food security to a focus on a mix of agricultural production as well as the actual returns that farmers get from their produce.
c. Today, we reside in a ‘global village’, connected by modern transport, communications and media, and networked international markets and institutions. As India ‘contributes’ to global endeavours, it is also influenced by happenings far removed from our borders. Global economics and geo-politics are getting increasingly integrated, and the private sector is growing in importance as a constituent within that. India needs to be an active player in the debates and deliberations on the global commons, especially in relatively uncharted areas.
d. India’s middle class is unique in terms of its size and purchasing power. This formidable group is increasing with the entry of the neo-middle class. It has been an important driver of growth and has enormous potential on account of its high education levels, mobility and willingness to push for change in the country. Our continuing challenge is to ensure that this economically vibrant group remains engaged and its potential is fully realised.
e. India’s pool of entrepreneurial, scientific and intellectual human capital is a source of strength waiting to be unleashed to help us attain unprecedented heights of success. In fact, the ‘social capital’ that is present in our people has been a major contributor to the development of the country thus far and, therefore, it needs to be leveraged through appropriate policy initiatives.
f. The Non-Resident Indian community, which is spread across more than 200 countries, is larger in number than the population of many countries of the world. This is a significant geo-economic and geo-political strength. Future national policies must incorporate this strength in order to broaden their participation in the new India beyond just their financial support. Technology and management expertise are self-evident areas where this community can contribute significantly.
g. Urbanisation is an irreversible trend. Rather than viewing it as an evil, we have to make it an integral part of our policy for development. Urbanisation has to be viewed as an opportunity to use modern technology to create a wholesome and secure habitat while reaping the economic benefits that it offers.
h. Transparency is now a sine qua non for good governance. We are in a digital age where the tools and modes of communication, like social media, are powerful instruments to share and explain the thoughts and actions of the government. This trend will only increase with time. Government and governance have to be conducted in an environment of total transparency – using technology to reduce opacity and thereby, the potential for misadventures in governing.
In essence, effective governance in India will rest on the following pillars:
a. Pro-people agenda that fulfils the aspirations of the society as well as individual,
b. Pro-active in anticipating and responding to their needs,
c. Participative, by involvement of citizens,
d. Empowering women in all aspects
e. Inclusion of all groups, with special attention to the economically weak (garib), the SC, ST and OBC communities, the rural sector and farmers (gaon and kisan), youth and all categories of minorities.
f. Equality of opportunity to our country’s youth,
g. Transparency through the use of technology to make government visible and responsive.
In the context of governance structures, the changed requirements of our country, point to the need for setting up an institution that serves as a Think Tank of the government – a directional and policy dynamo. The proposed institution has to provide governments at the central and state levels with relevant strategic and technical advice across the spectrum of key elements of policy. This includes matters of national and international import on the economic front, dissemination of best practices from within the country as well as from other nations, the infusion of new policy ideas and specific issue-based support. The institution has to be able to respond to the changing and more integrated world that India is part of.
An important evolutionary change from the past will be replacing a centre-to-state one-way flow of policy by a genuine and continuing partnership with the states. The institution must have the necessary resources, knowledge, skills and, ability to act with speed to provide the strategic policy vision for the government as well as deal with contingent issues.
Perhaps most importantly, the institution must adhere to the tenet that while incorporating positive influences from the world, no single model can be transplanted from outside into the Indian scenario. We need to find our own strategy for growth. The new institution has to zero in on what will work in and for India. It will be a Bharatiya approach to development.
i. Vice-Chairperson: To be appointed by the Prime Minister
ii. Members: Full-time
iii. Part-time members: Maximum of 2 from leading universities research organizations and other relevant institutions in an ex-officio capacity. Part time members will be on a rotational basis.
iv. Ex Officio members: Maximum of 4 members of the Union Council of Ministers to be nominated by the Prime Minister.
v. Chief Executive Officer : To be appointed by the Prime Minister for a fixed tenure, in the rank of Secretary to the Government of India.
vi. Secretariat as deemed necessary.
PM Modi interacts with BJP Karyakartas from Maharashtra and Goa
Sir, Much needed interaction of you with BJP karyakartas this time. This interaction will boost all karyakastas moral and give them good learning & knowledge, which will help them to counter opposition spreading lies in public for all schemes and issues.#MeraBoothSabseMazboot— NishantS🇮🇳 (@nishants79) January 20, 2019
A leader using passion, purpose and inspiration will always outperform the leader using pressure tactics and insults. @narendramodi Ji’s leadership is not about being in charge. His leadership is about taking care of those in his charge and his ability to empower others. https://t.co/ibc5YgbSDX— Megha (@Megha94507473) January 20, 2019
#PMModi begins his #MeraBoothSabseMazboot interaction with Goa Karyakarthas, with wishes for much admired, inspiring & dedicated CM Manohar Parrikar -and goes on to discuss important issues of sand mining & many transformative schemes of last 5 yrs & need to reach out to people. https://t.co/0Nc3xtIQdr— Dr. S. Raghavachari (@DrSRaghavachari) January 20, 2019
As usual very inspiring speech delivered by u to boost karyakartas .After listening everytime we start considering ourselves as soldiers n like d soldiers we should also discharge our duties to strong our nation. Then truely your efforts will bear fruit.#MeraBoothSabseMazboot— kavi 🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@kavita_tewari) January 20, 2019
Celebrities join Citizens in expressing their gratitude to PM Modi for inauguration of Museum of Indian Cinema
JAI HIND ! my dads fan moment !my dad is a big fan of the honorable PRIME MINISTER n today he met him ....🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/2f8Hmzo7oL— Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) January 19, 2019
What an extraordinary and motivation speech sir . All of us were bowled over by the fact and passion you presented. I have been made to realize a lot and promised myself to do my bit . Thank you for the motivation. 🙏🙏 https://t.co/lu8UnH9Rsr— Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) January 19, 2019
Great to see the first National Film Museum being inaugurated by the PM @narendramodi who shared his impactful views with the Industry. Proud of the gr8 effort made for preserving our cinematic heritage#NMIC #Nationalmuseum @Ra_THORe@PIB_India— Prasoon Joshi (@prasoonjoshi_) January 19, 2019
PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the National Museum of Indian Cinema, says films and society reflect each other— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) January 19, 2019
"How's the josh," PM asked the audience 'Uri' style as he inaugurated India's first National Museum of Indian Cinema #NMIC https://t.co/hcBUKQDKtT
Meeting the PM at the opening of the opening of the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF INDIAN CINEMA. Inaugrated by the honourable prime minister @narendramodi - a man definitely blessed with a great sense of humour among other virtues— Mishtii (@IMishtii) January 20, 2019
Special thanks to Mr #mahaveerjain and #filmsdivision pic.twitter.com/304XMJw4D7
Excellent Excellent Excellent Ji - The mood reverberates the pleasantness of the occasion & moment - Salute with delight to you ( PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji ) for Inaugurating The National Museum Of Indian Cinema .— Venkatesapalani Thangavelu (@Ven070670) January 20, 2019
It’s been an honour to be amongst the select few at the opening of the museum on Indian cinema . Have come back totally inspired listening to honorable @narendramodi ji. He spoke for the industry,put across good plans and yes brought a smile to all .सलाम प्रिय प्रधान मंत्री जी। pic.twitter.com/pzMoXeqGLG— Divya Dutta (@divyadutta25) January 20, 2019
It's NOT just about films , it's also about to Save them. H'ble Prime Minister @narendramodi ji inaugurated NATIONAL MUSEUM OF INDIAN CINEMA in the presence of Indian film industry. From Manoj Kumar to Shyam Babu to Aamir Khan and others .— RJ ALOK (@OYERJALOK) January 20, 2019
Thank you Mr Prime Minister!#RjAlok pic.twitter.com/bJSg2IeFcV
Great sir,Awesome glimpses of museum which is said to house artefacts, cameras, editing and recording machines, projectors, costumes, photographs related to filmmaking in India and will take the visitors on a journey from the silent era of Indian cinema to current hi-tech studios— Khushwant Hindustani (@Khushwant_Ameta) January 20, 2019
Respected @PMOIndia, inaugurated the first-of-it's-kind, Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai today. Truly, a #commendable initiative for the preservation of the #glorious Indian Cinema. @ashabhosle@aamir_khan @arrahman #SidK #MuseumofIndianCinema #PrimeMinister pic.twitter.com/KEmoFH7lwa— Siddharth Kannan (@sidkannan) January 19, 2019
Never has the entertainment industry felt so confident and good as it did ystrdy in the presence of our beloved PM @narendramodi ji. His concern love & passion towards the industry is remarkable. Our Industry will definitely rise above under your leadership Sir. 🙏🙏🙏— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 20, 2019
New India praises Modi Govt’s efforts to deliver Good Governance
This is very positive and encouraging step for the Textile Industry in my home city of Surat. Concession in power tariff will bring much desired relief to all players in the value chain. Thank you @smritiirani @vijayrupanibjp https://t.co/Kd9t2zGbQL— Dhaval Patel (@dhaval241086) January 20, 2019
Wow @indianrailway__— Rajat Chakraborty (@ImRajat_C) January 20, 2019
Thank you @PiyushGoyal ji 4 such #world class services. Thanks @narendramodi ji 4 360° development of #India
Free WiFi hotspot 2 swanky toilets: 8 cool facts about Indian Railways new Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express - @FinancialXpress https://t.co/upHXnkbSua
I've been to #kumbhcalls and had an amazing experience. Am astonished by seeing the service provided by the @UPGovt at @PrayagrajKumbh and I would like thank @Uppolice @myogiadityanath and @narendramodi for their services and every individual who has contributed towards it. pic.twitter.com/0Cd6YYFXVL— ˈkɑːrmə 😵 (@_vipulrai) January 20, 2019
@CimGOI forms panel to streamline gems & jewellery industry.This will help unorganised & small scale units to scale new heights.Kudos @sureshpprabhu ji,PM @narendramodi ji for fulfiling aspirations of all small & big associations.Superb #TransformingIndiahttps://t.co/2DBdYpnXEY— Dr.Swapneil B.Mantri (@drsbmantribjp) January 20, 2019