Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, in New Delhi (Source: PTI)

NITI Aayog Governing Council Meet Updates: NITI Aayog Aims To Make India A $5 Trillion Economy As Soon As Possible

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The goal of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024 is “challenging, but achievable” with the concerted efforts of states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the fifth meeting of NITI Aayog’s Governing Council on Saturday.

Modi urged that the states to recognise their “core competence”, and work towards raising gross domestic product targets right from the district level.

Naveen Patnaik Raises Special Category Issue

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik raised the Special Category Status issue four days after pushing for it in view of the state’s vulnerability to natural calamities.

“As an interim measure, states hit by major natural calamities may be declared as Special Focus States and granted benefits of Special Category Status for a specific period,” the chief minister said. Patnaik had raised the same demand during a meeting with Modi on June 11.

Patnaik cited the instance of cyclone Fani that battered 14 districts, killed 64 people and caused a total loss of Rs 9,336.26 crore after making landfall at a wind speed of about 200 kmph near Puri on May 3.

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In Pictures: 5th NITI Aayog Governing Council Meet

Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. (Source: NITI Aayog)
Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath and Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. (Source: NITI Aayog)

To Review NDRF Guidelines: Amitabh Kant

States had asked government to review its guidelines for the National Disaster Relief Fund in which input subsidies are given. NITI Aayog will work with the home ministry and the agriculture ministry to revisit the guidelines.

Another request was for reviewing drip irrigation which will also be looked at, NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant said.

Centre To State Devolution Has Doubled

Financial devolution from Centre to States has doubled to Rs 41 lakh crore in the last 4 years. “Even the devolution in centre-sponsored schemes has doubled. That is a big thing.”

Left Wing Extremism And J&K Situation Discussed

Kumar said that it was noted in the meeting that incidents of left wing extremism and disturbances in Jammu and Kashmir have reduced significantly.

“This is possible because of the increased shared intelligence among states. The Centre will stand by all states for this work. Its time to increase the facilitation of shared intelligence.”

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