The fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog concluded at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. In the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of the progress of Centre's flagship schemes. The day-long meeting was being attended by Union Ministers, Chief Ministers from the States, Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories and senior officials from the Government of India.
The Governing Council of NITI Aayog is the premier body tasked with evolving a shared vision of national development priorities, sectors and strategies with the active involvement of States in shaping the development narrative. The Governing Council reviews the work done during the previous year and deliberates upon the future developmental priorities.
The Council also discussed important subjects including measures taken to double farmers’ income; progress of flagship schemes such as Ayushman Bharat, National Nutrition Mission and Mission Indradhanush; development of aspirational districts; and celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Here are the highlights from the meeting:
07:00 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for “widespread” debate on holding simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies saying that it will result in financial savings.
06:40 pm: The state of Maharashtra is home to four Aspirational Districts & the State Government has allocated Rs. 121 Crore to these districts & sent road-maps for their development to NITI Aayog: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
06:35 pm: The Punjab Government has identified water as a critical challenge for the state, both in terms of quantity & quality. Additionally, we are doing our best to address the burning of Paddy fields & request Centre’s support: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh
06:30 pm: We are deliberating on possible solutions for doubling farmers’ income and increasing agriculture production is one of the solution. Ayushman Bharat has come as a life-changing scheme for the poor in India: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan
06:20 pm: NITI Aayog should classify states according to their level of development. We need to analyze & make a National Agriculture Policy to ensure food security in the country: Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao
05:10 pm: Nagaland is predominantly a fully organic, agrarian state. The state is working on the eNAM scheme of the Central Government & is optimistic of improving its Agriculture Marketing Board: Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio.
05:00 pm: MGNREGA is being used in the state to build irrigation wells & Gram Vikas Samiti has been formed in each village. Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna has benefited more than 30 Lakh people in the state: Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das
04:55 pm: The effect of climate change is noticeable on the agricultural producers. To tackle such complex situations, Integrated Technology enabled Agriculture Management System is a programme we are planning to roll out: Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma
04:45 pm: At the Rajasthan Global Agri-Tech meet, farmers were exposed to modern farming practices. The state is integrating an online mandi platform which will connect all mandis to eNAM: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje
04:40 pm: Climate change is a reality & calls for climate resilient agriculture. Water conservation is the need of the hour & we should dedicate a full 'water decade' for intensive water conservation & management: Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy
04:35 pm: We are working towards improving health and nutrition outcomes. Poshan Abhiyan is running well in the state. Through National Ambulance Seva, we have instituted heli-ambulances in the hilly regions: Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur
04:20 pm: Haryana has improved its sex ratio significantly due to efforts under Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and will implement AyushmanBharat and Poshan Abhiyaan in letter & spirit: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar
03:40 pm: PM, at the 4th meeting of Governing Council of NITI Aayog, called upon CMs of MP, Bihar, Sikkim, Gujarat, UP, West Bengal & Andhra, to work together to make recommendations on coordinated policy approach to 2 subjects of 'agriculture & MNREGA' including both pre-sowing and post-harvest phases.
03:35 pm: Speaking on the economy, at 4th meeting of Governing Council of NITI Aayog, PM Modi said that world expects India to become a $5 trillion dollar economy soon. He encouraged states to give fresh ideas to Finance Commission, for incentivizing outcome-based allocations & expenditure correction.
02:35 pm: NITI Aayog has done a commendable job in taking forward the country’s development agenda. Gujarat is ready to implement Ayushman Bharat & we will also double farmers' income by 2022: Gujarat CM Vijayr Rupani at the Fourth GCM
02:10 pm: We are implementing flagship schemes of the Central Government with complete earnest. Practices like ‘Wazan Tyohar’ are being implemented as part of Poshan Abhiyaan and we have designated a nodal agency for Ayushman Bharat: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh at the meeting
01:36 pm: We are taking active measures for doubling farmers’ income in the state through various initiatives like Soil Health Card, Irrigation facilities & e-NAM schemes: UP CM Yogi Adityanath at the Fourth GCM
01:19 pm: Nitish Kumar in NITI Aayog meet- We need to make special efforts to bring backward states like Bihar up to the level of the rest of the country
01:08 pm: Elaborated on the efforts towards providing quality and affordable healthcare to every Indian and talked about the work done in the Aspirational Districts as well as under the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan: PM Modi tweets
01:07 pm: Spoke about India’s economic transformation and how we can build on this to achieve further growth. Also talked about the key agendas that would help us build a New India by 2022, when India marks 75 years of Independence: PM Modi tweets
01:06 pm: The NITI Aayog Governing Council has approached matters of governance and policy through a ‘Team India’ approach. Chief Ministers shared their insightful views in various sub-committees, which were also incorporated by departments of the Central Government: PM Modi tweets
12:18 pm: 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: ANI Sources
12:17 pm: We presented the budget electronically this year. We are at the forefront of implementation of major schemes such as Ayushman Bharat, Poshan Abhiyan & Gram Swaraj Abhiyan. We have also designed 3 & 7 year plans in line with SDGs: Assam CM at the FourthGCM
12:05 pm: Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar supported the Special Category Status (SCS) request of Andhra Pradesh in the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting & demanded SCS for Bihar also: ANI Sources
12:00 pm: Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu spoke about the improvement in connectivity to the North East in the last four years. He highlighted the need to relax co-funding requirements among the North Eastern States for Smart Cities.
Delhi: PM Narendra Modi with Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on sidelines of NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting pic.twitter.com/4yIG1tGz7C— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2018
11:44 am: 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, reports ANI
11:35 am: This is totally incorrect. Lt Governor of Delhi is not present at the Fourth Meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog: Amitabh Kant, NITI Aayog CEO on Arvind Kejriwal's tweet 'Under which provision of the Constitution does LG have powers to replace the Chief Minister?'
11:10 am: PM opined that India has no shortage of capabilities, capacities and resources. In the current financial year, States are receiving over 11 lakh crore rupees from the Centre, which is an increase of about 6 lakh crore rupees, from the last year of the previous government.
11:09 am: The Prime Minister stated that this gathering today represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of India. He said it is also the responsibility of this gathering to make all efforts to fulfil them.
10:55 am: Chief Minister Andhra Pradesh Chandra Babu Naidu says that economic growth of nation needs to be 8% & major states like Andhra should grow at 10-12% . He says that Andhra has been growing at 10.5% during last 4 years.
10:49 am: PM Modi said that the NITI Aayog Governing Council has approached complex issues of governance as "Team India", in the spirit of cooperative, competitive federalism. He described the smooth rollout and implementation of GST as a prime example of this :Statement
10:48 am: PM Modi reiterated that NITI Aayog Governing Council is platform that can bring about "historic change." He assured CMs from flood-affected States that Centre would provide all assistance to them, to deal with flood situation currently affecting parts of the country: Statement
10:30 am: NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting begins at Rashtrapati Bhawan Cultural Centre
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing the fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog.
- Barring CMs of Delhi and Odisha, most of the CMs have reached for meeting.
- Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, Prakash Javdekar and other senior ministers /officials also in the meeting.
09:52 am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrive for NITI Aayog governing council meeting.
07:30 am: Key policies to be discussed: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has today that the Governing Council of the Niti Aayog will discuss the implementation of key policies relating to various sectors. "Looking forward to the 4th Governing Council meeting of @NITIAayog tomorrow. Implementation of key policies relating to a wide range of sectors will be discussed during the meeting," he tweeted yesterday.
07:15 am: Four chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states yesterday held discussions in New Delhi ahead of the NITI Aayog meeting. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerejee, her Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka counterparts - Chandrababu Naidu, Pinarayi Vijayan and H D Kumaraswamy - met at Andhra Bhawan. The four chief ministers had earlier demanded that the Centre provide special financial aid to their states. Naidu's Telugu Desam Party had in March pulled out of the NDA government after it refused to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh.
07:00 am: BJP cheif and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik not to attend: Opposition Congress and BJP, in Odisha, have criticised Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his decision not to attend the meeting of the Niti Aayog's governing body. Even though Patnaik is not going, he has reportedly sent the state's demands through writing to the Niti Aayog. The state's major issues included Mahanadi water dispute and special category status. Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik said: "This is not good for democracy that the chief minister will skip such an important meeting. For the sake of state's interest, the CM should attend the Niti Aayog meeting and raise the state's issue at the right forum."
06:30 am: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is to raise strongly a host of the state issues, including the centre's refusal to grant 'special category status' to it, during the meeting. Over the last four days, the chief minister held extensive discussions with the state ministers, top bureaucrats and MPs on the issues to be raised during the 4th Governing Council meeting of the NITI Aayog. This will be the first time that Naidu will have a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the TDP pulled out of the NDA in March over the SCS issue.