New Delhi, Jun 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing the fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The day-long meeting is expected to brainstorm on a host of issues such as increasing farmers’ income, and progress of flagship schemes such as Ayushman Bharat, National Nutrition Mission and Mission Indradhanush.
In his opening remarks at the meeting, PM Modi said the challenge now before the government is to take the economic growth rate to double digits, for which many important steps would have to be taken.
The prime minister also assured the chief ministers of flood-affected states of providing all central assistance to deal with the situation.
Observing that the Indian economy has grown at a healthy rate of 7.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017-18, Modi said the challenge now is to take this growth rate to double digits, which requires more important measures.
The meeting is being attended by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is to raise strongly a host of the state issues including the Centre’s refusal to grant ‘ special category status’ to it, among others. Meanwhile, the Opposition in Odisha Congress and BJP on Saturday came down heavily on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his decision not to attend the meeting.
An official statement issued on Friday had claimed that the meeting will focus on issues, including measures taken to double farmers’ income and progress of flagship schemes. The development agenda for ‘New India 2022’ is also expected to be approved in the meeting, according to it. Besides these, development of aspirational districts and celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is also expected to be discussed at the Niti Aayog meeting.
The council, apex body of the Niti Aayog, includes all the chief ministers, lieutenant governors of union territories, several union ministers and senior government officials.