PM chairs first meeting of Governing Council of NITI Aayog

Published By : Admin | February 8, 2015 | 18:01 IST
"Let us forge a model of cooperative, competitive federalism
"Our biggest challenge still is how to eliminate poverty. Let us expedite the process of growth:PM"
"Forgetting all our differences, let us focus on the cycle of Investment, growth, job creation and prosperity:PM"
"Will move away from "one size fits all" schemes
"Regional Councils under NITI Aayog can catalyse joint projects across member states:PM"
"States must fulfil their role in promoting shared national objectives:PM"
"प्रधानमंत्री : आइए सहकारिता, प्रतिस्पर्द्धी संघवाद का मॉडल तैयार करें, प्रगति और समृद्धि के लिए सामान्य रूपरेखा तैयार करें"
"प्रधानमंत्री : हमारी सबसे बड़ी चुनौती अब भी यही है कि गरीबी कैसे दूर की जाए। आइए वृद्धि की प्रक्रिया तेज करें"
"प्रधानमंत्री : अपने सभी मतभेदों को भूलकर, आइए निवेश, वृद्धि, रोजगार सृजन और समृद्धि के चक्र पर ध्यान दें"
"प्रधानमंत्री : सबके लिए एक ही आकार की योजनाओं से छुटकारा पाएंगे, योजनाओं और राज्यों की जरूरतों के बीच बेहतर तालमेल करें"
"प्रधानमंत्री : नीति आयोग के तहत क्षेत्रीय परिषदें सदस्य राज्यों में संयुक्त परियोजनाओं के लिए उत्प्रेरक बन सकती हैं"
"प्रधानमंत्री : राज्यों को साझा राष्ट्रीय उद्देश्यों को प्रोत्साहन देने में अपनी भूमिका निभानी चाहिए"

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today called upon all Chief Ministers to work with the Centre to forge a model of cooperative federalism, whereby the Centre and the States – TEAM INDIA - can come together to resolve differences, and chart a common course to progress and prosperity.

Chairing the first meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, the Prime Minister described this meeting as one which had the potential to bring about historic changes. He said the Governing Council of NITI Aayog would help advance the national cause "as we jointly define it." Noting that India cannot advance without all its states advancing in tandem, the Prime Minister said the idea was to bring up all states together in the spirit of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. He added that he envisioned different states competing with each other in promoting governance initiatives, in a spirit of "cooperative, competitive federalism."

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Shri Narendra Modi said that the world has started looking at India differently, but "our biggest challenge still is how to eliminate poverty." He said jobs cannot be created, and poverty cannot be removed without growth. Therefore, he added, "first and foremost we should aim at a high rate of growth."

The Prime Minister noted that projects are often held up for want of timely decisions, and a project can get stuck at any stage in any forum. He said this prevents the people from getting benefits of the projects, and also leads to cost escalation. He requested the Chief Ministers to give personal attention to such factors which slow down projects. He urged all Chief Ministers to focus on the cycle of Investment, growth, job creation and prosperity. He also suggested that an officer be identified in the state governments to monitor and ensure a smooth resolution of the pending issues so as to expedite the project implementation.

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The Prime Minister emphasized that the Centre wished to empower the states with finances, with technology and knowledge so that they are able to plan better and execute even better.

Shri Narendra Modi said that Cabinet Resolution setting up NITI Aayog provides for the appointment of Regional Councils with specific mandates for specific time periods. He hoped that these councils could help forge cooperation among two or more states facing a common set of problems or amicably settle disputes that delay progress. He said these councils could catalyse joint projects involving travel, transportation and tourism across member states.

The Prime Minister also expressed hope that through the mechanism of the NITI Aayog, India could move away from "one size fits all" schemes, and forge a better match between the schemes and the needs of the states. He said that for federalism to work well, states must also fulfill their role in promoting the shared national objectives. He said that the critical element for cooperative federalism to flourish is that states commit to the path they choose within the context of the shared national objectives and then deliver on that commitment.

Reflecting on the role of NITI Aayog as a think-tank, the Prime Minister said he sees great scope for states to learn from each other, work together among themselves and with the Centre. He said best practices can be shared among states, and a portal can be created through which state functionaries share their experiences.

The Prime Minister noted that in the last two and a half decades, the Indian economy has been transforming itself from a planned to a market economy. He called upon the gathering to deliberate on how the planning process should be reshaped.

"Our focus on Good Governance is the need of the hour," the Prime Minister said, adding that "whatever we do it should be well thought, it should be well-executed and it should have desired outcome."

The interaction was coordinated by Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, and the opening remarks for the meeting were made by Shri Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.

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