PM Modi to chair meeting of NITI Aayog today


New Delhi: The crucial meeting of NITI Aayog will be chaired by PM Modi today. The meeting would give "concrete shape" to the country’s first-ever 15-year vision document for accelerating all-round development, sources said.

"The NITI (National Institution for Transforming India)Aayog will make a presentation to the Prime Minister on a study report and document on the 15-year plan at the meeting," an official source said.

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In the meeting, 15 year vision document will be prepared by NITI Aayog. Later, it will be review by PM Modi and other members.

The main motive of 15 year vison document is to eliminate poverty in the country as well as target inclusive development.

The document will also emphasize on sectors like infrastructure, commerce, education and health, the source said.

In 2014, Modi had proclaimed dismantling of Planning Commission and setting up of NITI Aayog in 2014.

The 15-year vision document may be finalised as a policy statement by the year-end.

In a meeting, the stock of NITI Aayog work will be taken up by PM Modi along with Union Ministers like Radha Mohan Singh (Agriculture) and Arun Jaitley (Finance). However, it will focus on a separate seven-year strategy paper from 2017-18 to 2023-24.

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“The NITI Aayog was also assigned by Prime Minister prepare a 3-year action plan for 2017-18 to 2019-20 as part of the National Development Agenda, which will be aligned with the 14th Finance Commission award period”, the source said.

Sources said, “Modi is keen to involve the Chief Ministers for the consultation process as the 15-year document will essentially signal a "paradigm shift" in the very planning process marking the virtual end of the "five year planning system" enforced in the country since 1951.”

The discussions were also held by NITI Aayog on Wednesday with the Chief Secretaries of the states to talk about the vision, strategy and action plan documents.