Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired the meeting of NITI Aayog's Governing Council. He asked all the states in the country to work with his government and help identify goals for 2022.
The meeting was however skipped by Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal, chief ministers of Delhi and West Bengal as both of them are his biggest critics.
The Niti Aayog is the country’s top-most policy making body, and the Prime Minister and all chief ministers of the country are part of its governing council.
Further, the meeting was called to discuss a ‘15-year vision document’ which would lay down the roadmap for India’s growth, economically and socially.
PM Modi said that the NITI Aayog is working on a 15-year-long-term vision, 7-year-medium-term strategy, and 3-year-action agenda. He said this effort need the support of States, and will eventually reflect in benefits to States.
Moreover, the council also discussed the progress made towards implementing the Goods and Services Tax or GST from July 1. The PM claimed that consensus on GST will go down in history as a great illustration of cooperative federalism. He further said, “GST reflects the spirit of one nation, one aspiration, one determination.”
Apart from praising the role of Chief Ministers in policy formation, PM Modi said the Chief Ministers had been asked to recommend the list of Centrally sponsored schemes and the sharing pattern. He also said that they had been given vital inputs on Centrally Sponsored Schemes, Swachh Bharat, skill development and digital payments.
The Prime Minister also claimed that a constructive discussions had begun on plans to hold Union and state elections simultaneously.
From opposition-ruled states, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah and Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami attended the meeting held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
NITI Aayog's Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya held a presentation on the government's 15-year vision document, which has broad targets for the economic, social sector and in internal security and defence.
Two other presentations were held -- one that outlined the government's strategy over the next seven years and a three-year action plan.