Source: News Bharati English28 Jul 2016 19:15:36

New Delhi, July 28: To give concrete shape to a 15-year vision document and for accelerating all round development of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of NITI Aayog today.  Tha meeting aimed at creating a vision document that would, chart a roadmap for India’s development for the next fifteen years, and also lay the foundation for the country’s growth over the next decades of the 21st century. The policy-making body NITI Aayog, has been mandated to come up with a 15-year vision document for a period up to 2030.

PM Modi, Chairman of NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya and Chief Secretaries of the states took a stock of the economy and progress over various government programmes which are monitored by the official think tank.Interacting with members of the NITI Aayog, the Prime Minister said the time for incremental change, that was the norm across the world for quite some time, is now over. He said the current age is one that requires transformational change. He highlighted the importance of technology as an emerging driver of change over the last three decades, and asserted that this pace of change would not slacken. The Prime Minister asserted that the Union Government has the courage and the ability to deliver transformational change for bettering the lives of the people. 

During the meeting, NITI Aayog made a presentation to the Prime Minister on the progress made so far on the vision document. Arvind Panagariya explained earlier attempts at planning to the PM in view of NITIs role in making the 15 year Vision for India and detailed out the mistakes that have persisted in planning in India, so far. While briefing PM Modi about the plans, Panagariya said that good intentions of past efforts in planning have led to numerous unintended negative consequences.

Talking about human resource development, the Prime Minister said focused skill development is vital, as India has the potential to fulfil the global requirement of human resources in the future. The Prime Minister stressed on the need to develop India’s tourism potential. He said partnership with States for promoting development and boosting exports is not just an element of cooperative federalism, but also the need of the hour.

“We in India have not succeeded in making the best, efficient use of our natural resources such as solar energy. We need to make an exhaustive list of untapped natural resources, the potential of which we could fully exploit,” PM Modi added.

The Prime Minister said that NITI Aayog needs to work towards an intensive partnership with all States and focus on human resource development and also stated that  there is a  need to make States equal partners in economic and social development. He also urged to strengthen States to create a strong India.  PM Modi also said that optimal utilization of India's existing resources should be the way forward for charting out a growth strategy for India and said that the nation needs futuristic planning to develop its natural as well as human resources.

“NITI should lead the way forward in fostering innovative, out of the box, thinking for the development of India. Developing sectors like tourism are key to creating large no of low skilled jobs for the underprivileged in India”, PM Modi stated.

In his address, PM Modi said that there is a need of technological innovation in agriculture that'll bring about a revolution, pull millions out of poverty. “Our Vision for the future should be oriented towards good governance, commitment to better lives of Indian citizens”, he added.

“Technology-driven governance that will ensure speed, transparency & accountability is the need of the hour for India. India cannot wait for incremental change. We need transformational change & that comes only with drastic policy reform. I am sure team NITI Aayog is working in the right direction towards creating the Vision Document for India”, PM Modi added.

Turning to Agriculture, the Prime Minister said the focus cannot be on increasing agricultural productivity alone, but should be on the overall development of a vibrant rural economy. He emphasized the importance of the food processing sector, warehouse development, and technology inputs, in this sector.

He urged the NITI Aayog to take inspiration from events such as the success of the Give-it-Up campaign, and the widespread positive response from the people to the Swachhta Abhiyan. This experience disproves the assumption commonly made by experts that people are only interested in benefits for themselves; it shows that people are motivated by the larger public good.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of State for Planning, Rao Inderjit Singh, the Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya, and Members of the NITI Aayog, besides senior officers from the NITI Aayog, PMO and Cabinet Secretariat.

The NITI Aayog on Wednesday held consultations with the Chief Secretaries of the states to discuss the vision, strategy and action plan documents.  Unlike the five-year plan visions drawn earlier under the Planning Commission, the new long term vision plan would also focus on sectors like infrastructure, commerce, education and health, the source said. PM Modi had announced dismantling of Planning Commission and setting up of NITI Aayog in 2014.