PM Modi to meet top state officials, chief secys today to push growth, discuss farm distress
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a NITI Aayog meeting of chief secretaries, senior state government secretaries and Union government officials on Monday. The meeting will discuss the distress in the farm sector and take up suggestions on the 3-15 year development blueprint prepared by the federal think-tank.
The meet will also address state-specific growth and security challenges in which Union government’s active support is required. It will also take feedback on various reforms at the national level.
A NITI Aayog statement said besides chief secretaries, secretaries for planning, finance, health, agriculture and industry from states and Union territories will attend the meeting. Modi will attend the concluding part of the one-day deliberation, said an official seeking anonymity.
“Various developmental indicators developed by NITI Aayog in the areas of health, education, water management and digital transformation will be discussed to measure performance and progress of states and rank them appropriately to instil healthy competition among them,” the statement said.
Interactive sessions on agricultural reforms, discussions on the financial position of the states and union territories after the 14th Finance Commission, outcome based monitoring and direct benefit transfer are also on the agenda.
At the time of announcing the draft three-year development action plan, a seven-year strategy and a 15-year vision on 23 April, that replaced the Soviet style centrally designed five-year plans, NITI Aayog had said that the development blueprint will be finalized with inputs from states. Monday’s meeting will seek to finalize that blueprint which will set the socio-economic goals for the nation after the 12th five year plan ended on 31 March.