“Cooperation between Centre, States very important”, PM Modi

The Samikhsya Bureau

NEW DELHI: The basis of the country’s progress is Cooperative Federalism and today’s meeting is to brainstorm to make it more meaningful and move towards Competitive Cooperative Federalism”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his opening remarks at the 6th Governing Council Meeting of  NITI Ayog on Saturday.

The whole country succeeded when the state and the central government worked together during the Corona pandemic, he mentioned.

Modi said that the campaign to provide a pucca roof to every poor is also going on now. Since 2014 construction of more than 2 crore 40 lakhs houses has been completed in both cities and villages put together.

The Prime Minister said keeping in mind the aspirations of a young country like India modern infrastructure has to be built. Innovation has to be encouraged and more technology should be used to provide better opportunities for education and skills.

He stressed the need for strengthening our businesses, MSMEs and start-ups.

The PM said the Central Government introduced PLI schemes for various sectors providing an excellent opportunity to increase manufacturing in the country.

He stressed on the importance of making the states self-reliant and giving momentum to development in their budget. He announced that there would be a major increase in the economic resources of local bodies in the 15th Finance Commission. He said along with use of technology public participation is also very important in the Local Governance reforms.

The PM said that about Rs 65000 crore are spent in the import of edible oils which should have gone to the farmers. Similarly, there are many agricultural products, which are not only produced for the country but can also be supplied to the world.

The Prime Minister urged to focus on storage and processing of agricultural products to reduce its wastage.

The PM said that recently reform was done on OSP regulations which gives the youth the flexibility to work from anywhere and our tech sector has benefited immensely from this. Many of the restrictions have been eliminated, he added.

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