Niti Aayog council meet can bring historic change: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, in Rashtrapati Bhawan Cultural Centre.

While welcoming the Chief Ministers and other delegates from across the nation, the Prime Minister reiterated that the Governing Council is a platform that can bring about “historic change.”

Keeping the flood-affected states in forefront, Prime Minister Modi assured that the Centre would provide all assistance to them, to deal with the flood situation. Tripura, Assam, Mizoram and Manipur are the four northeast states that have been badly affected by floods over the past few days.

PM Narendra Modi delivers his opening remarks at the Fourth Governing Council Meeting of NITI Aayog.

Progress of flagship schemes such as Ayushman Bharat, National Nutrition Mission and Mission Indradhanush; development of districts; farmers’ income and celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi are issues that were likely to be discussed in the meeting, according to an official statement issued on Saturday. The development agenda for ‘New India 2022’ was also expected to be approved.

The council, the apex body of Niti Aayog, includes all the chief ministers, lieutenant governors of union territories, several union ministers and senior government officials. Home minister Rajnath Singh, Karnataka chief mininister HD Kumaraswamy, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and Madhya CM Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrived for the NITI Aayog governing council meeting earlier on Saturday, news agency ANI reported.

Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu,Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar present at the fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog.

The recommendations of these sub-groups have been incorporated by various ministries of the Union government, he added. The prime minister said that 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres are being constructed under the Ayushman Bharat programme.

He said about 10 crore families will be provided with health assurance worth Rs. 5 lakh every year. A comprehensive approach was being adopted for education, under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, PM Modi added.

Observing that schemes such as Mudra Yojana, Jan Dhan Yojana and Stand Up India were helping in greater financial inclusion, the prime minister said it was imperative to tackle economic imbalances on priority.

Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee supported CM of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu on the issue of 2011 census being adopted by 15th Finance Commission in the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting & requested not to penalise the performing states:

Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu today in NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting raised issues related to state bifurcation,special category status, Polavaram project. Demonetization and GST were also raised.