Written byShalini Ojha
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the fifth meeting of the NITI Aayog's Governing Council. This was the first meeting which PM Modi chaired after BJP got a historic mandate in Lok Sabha elections, whose results were declared on May 23.
In his address, PM Modi spoke about making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024. He called the goal 'achievable'.
The governing council is the apex body of NITI Aayog. The council includes Chief Ministers of all states, lieutenant governors of union territories, several union ministers and senior government officials.
The important meeting was attended by Union Ministers Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh, and Nirmala Sitharman.
Jagan Mohan Reddy (Andhra's CM), Yogi Adityanath (UP's CM), HD Kumaraswamy (Karnataka's CM) and Ashok Gehlot (Rajasthan's CM) also marked their presence.
PM Modi said NITI Aayog will play a key role in fulfilling the promise of "Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas". Earlier, PM Modi asked BJP lawmakers to live by this mantra for the next five years.
He asked states to recognize their core competence and work towards raising GDP targets from district levels itself.
He asked everyone to focus on development.
PM Modi said for fulfilling the promise of doubling farmers' income by 2024, it is extremely important to focus on fisheries, animal husbandry, horticulture, fruits, and vegetables.
"Benefits of PM-KISAN-Kisan Samman Nidhi and other farmer-centric schemes should reach beneficiaries in time," he added.
PM Modi also spoke about water conservation and management. He said rural houses should get piped water by 2024.
Further, PM Modi said the export sector holds importance in developing countries. He added both Centre and states should turn attention towards exports to increase per capita incomes. He mentioned North Eastern states have a huge potential in this sector.
The meeting of NITI Aayog was not attended by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The Trinamool Chief claimed Centre discussed only "specific agendas" in these meetings which was "unacceptable".
Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao also missed the meeting saying he was busy with the inauguration of an irrigation project.
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh also missed the meeting citing ill health.
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