- This was the first in-person meeting of the Governing Council since July 2019
- Implementation of the National Education Policy-school education was on the agenda of the meet
- The National Conference of Chief Secretaries was held in Dharamshala as part of preparations
PM Modi on Sunday chaired the 7th governing council meeting of Niti Aayog at Rashtrapati Bhawan's Cultural Centre in the national capital.
The meeting was attended by chief ministers of all the states (excluding Telangana), Union Territories, legislators, Lt Governors of UTs, Ex-Officio Members, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, full-time members of NITI Aayog and Union ministers as special invitees.
Notably, this meeting was the first in-person meeting of the Governing Council since July 2019.
The agenda of the Niti Aayog meeting included crop diversification and achieving self-sufficiency in oilseeds and pulses and agri-communities; implementation of the National Education Policy-school education; implementation of the National Education Policy-higher education; and urban governance.
In the drive toward building a steady, sustainable and inclusive India, the seventh governing council meeting of the government think tank Niti Aayog is expected to pave the way for synergies towards a new era of collaboration and cooperation between the Centre and States and the Union.
As India commemorates 75 years of Independence, it is the need of the hour for the states to be agile, resilient and self-reliant and move towards 'AatmaNirbhar Bharat' in a spirit of cooperative federalism territories.
The meeting particularly holds important as the country enters Amrit Kaal against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and in light of India hosting the G20 Presidency and summit next year.
The meeting would also lay emphasis on the importance of the Presidency for India for the federal system and the role that states can play in highlighting their progress at the G-20 Platform.
Notably, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao boycotted the meeting as he wrote a letter to Prime Minister Modi on Saturday saying that his decision is a mark of protest against what he termed as the Centre's alleged blatant discrimination against states including Telangana.
"I do not find it useful to attend the 7th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog scheduled to be held on August 7 and I am staying away from it as a mark of strong protest against the present trend of the Central Govt to discriminate against the states and not treating them as equal partners in our collective efforts to make India a strong and developed country," the letter read.
(With inputs from ANI)