Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for better Centre-State coordination and a solid policy framework to help battle the pandemic-induced economic downturn.
Speaking at the sixth meeting of Niti Aayog he also batted for the private sector stating both the Centre and state should support them.
He said the Centre and state worked together during the pandemic and the result was there for everyone to see. He said the government has provided opportunities for the private sector through the Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative.
The Niti Ayog meeting was attended by Chief Ministers and Lieutenant Governors of states and Union Territories.
“The foundation of India’s development is that the Centre and the states work together and head towards a certain direction and make cooperative federalism even more meaningful,” said Modi.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee did not attend the meeting. The latter has called the meeting a fruitless exercise as the body has no financial power. It is not known why Singh skipped the meeting.
Modi during his speech also stressed on ease of doing business and ease of living for the people. “For India’s citizens, we must try and better ease of living. It will help us achieve the aspirations of Indians and make their lives better,” he said.
He also highlighted the various efforts of his government including bank accounts for the poor, increase in vaccination and health facilities, electricity and gas connection among others.
Modi on budget
The prime minister praised the budget presented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman earlier this month and said the positive response to it showed the mood of the nation.
“The kind of positive response that has come for this year’s budget has expressed what the mood of the nation is. The country has made up its mind to move fast without wasting time,” Modi said.
He said the budget this year has provided for infrastructure boost in the country which in turn will help the economy and create jobs.
The meeting will discuss agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing, human resource development, service delivery at the grassroots level, and health and nutrition, a release from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.
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