PM to chair NITI Aayog meeting today; LG, CS to represent J&K

Thrust on MSMEs, infra, investments, women empowerment
UT to present its viewpoint on development, other issues

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, May 26: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Chief Secretary Dr Arun Kumar Mehta will attend eighth Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog in New Delhi tomorrow which will take up a host of issues on future planning of India.
Administrative Secretary Planning Development and Monitoring Department Raghav Langar is already camping in New Delhi for consultations with NITI Aayog officials.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will preside over the meeting as Chairman of NITI Aayog.
Representatives of the States/Union Territories will give detailed presentation at the meeting on the vision of their States/UTs, their expectations from NITI Aayog and the Government and their plans for development etc, official sources told the Excelsior.
“It will be a day-long meeting in which brain-storming sessions will be held to discuss vision of the country followed by the States and Union Territories for next 25 years as well as year-by-year,” they said.
The redeveloped Pragati Maidan convention centre, which is the venue for the G20 leaders’ summit in September, will host the NITI Aayog meeting tomorrow, its first high-profile event since the site was rebuilt.
This will be eighth Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog with theme of ‘Viksit Bharat @2047: Role of Team India’.
The focus will be to ensure to keep development pace every year so that the target set for 2047 are achieved, sources said.
Eight prominent themes which will be discussed during the meeting include Viksit Bharat@2047, thrust on MSMEs, infrastructure and investments, minimizing compliances, women empowerment, health and nutrition, skill development, and Gati Shakti for area development and social infrastructure.
The meeting will be attended by Chief Ministers/Lt. Governors of all States and Union Territories, Union Ministers as ex-officio members, and the Vice Chairman and Members of NITI Aayog.
As a preparatory prelude to the 8th Governing Council Meeting, the 2nd Chief Secretaries Conference was held in January 2023 where these themes were extensively discussed. Wide-ranging stakeholder consultations and brainstorming sessions with subject experts, academia and practitioners were held prior to the Conference in order to gain well-rounded grassroots-level perspectives, the officials said.
The 2nd Chief Secretaries Conference, attended by the Prime Minister, brought together select Secretaries from the Government of India and Chief Secretaries from all States/UTs who proactively participated by sharing thematic best practices and policy insights.
As the world’s fifth largest economy and the most populous nation, India is at a stage in its economic development trajectory where it can achieve accelerated growth over the next 25 years.
“In this context, the 8th Governing Council Meeting provides an opportunity to create a roadmap for Viksit Bharat by 2047 in which Centre and States/UTs can work together as Team India. This will play an important role in the international context as India’s socioeconomic growth and transformation can have a positive and multiplier effect on the world at large,” the officials said.
The 8th Governing Council meeting is also being held in the backdrop of India’s G20 Presidency. India’s G20 motto ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ conveys its civilization values and its vision of the role of each country in creating the future of our planet, an official statement issued ahead of NITI Aayog meeting said.
It said the emerging world has immense hopes on India’s ability to provide values-based leadership and its capacity to deliver development at scale. The Centre and States have played a significant role in achieving this distinctive development trajectory, it added.
India’s growth is closely interlinked with the growth of States.
As mentioned by the Prime Minister in his 76th Independence Day address, ‘When our States grow, India grows’. This will be the guiding spirit of India’s inclusive and sustainable vision for the next quarter century, the statement said.
In order to achieve this vision, the 8th Governing Council meeting would provide a platform for strengthening Centre-State cooperation and forging partnerships for achieving the goal of Viksit Bharat @ 2047, the official statement said.