Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired the sixth meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog via video conferencing and emphasised on making India self reliant by allowing the private sector to grow. He said the state and the Centre, both should support the private sector and provide opportunities to take part in the mission of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The meeting was attended by Chief Ministers and Lieutenant Governors of states and Union Territories. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee did not attend the meeting.
Stating that the Centre and states need to work closely in order to boost economic growth of the country, PM Modi said that old fashioned laws should be repealed so that doing business in India could be made easier. In the Covid period, the country witnessed how the Centre and the states worked together and a good image of India was built before the entire world, he said.
The foundation of India’s development is that the governments should work together for the nation’s progress and head towards a certain direction and make cooperative federalism even more meaningful. Not only this, the governments have to try to bring competitive, cooperative federalism not only among states but also districts, he said.
Referring to the farm sector, the Prime Minister said that efforts should be made to guide the farmers to produce agriculture items like edible oil and reduce their imports. The money spend on the imports of agriculture items can go to the accounts of farmers, he added.
The Prime Minister underscored the need to achieve Ease of doing business in India, so that the country can grab global opportunities. He also spoke of achieving Ease of Living for the people. It will help the country in achieving the aspirations of Indians and make their lives better, he said.