The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog will discuss implementation and evaluation framework of 12 pet projects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi such as Make in India, Digital India and Swachh Bharat with state governments.
Modi had announced a slew of new initiatives in the eight months since he assumed office but the government has not finalised a system to monitor the implementation and evaluation of these programmes which cut across ministries.
“We have been told that the Prime Minister wants NITI Aayog to work on the monitoring aspect of these programmes and provide reports to the PMO on a regular basis,” a government official said.
The Modi government has disbanded an independent evaluation office (IEO) set up by the UPA and officials say a new evaluation unit with participation of the state governments will soon be set up by NITI Aayog. It goes with Modi’s concept of “cooperative federalism”.
Sources said the role of NITI Aayog in monitoring Modi’s projects would be high on the agenda in its first meeting on February 6, which will also witness Modi’s first visit to Yojana Bhawan after taking over as the PM.
Modi had visited the Bhawan for almost a decade as chief minister of Gujarat and in his last meeting in 2013 had presented his view on the changes needed in the erstwhile Planning Commission.
Other members of NITI Aayog finance minister Arun Jaitley, railways minister Suresh Prabhu and agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh apart from central ministers, who are special invitees, will also attend the meeting.
On February 8, the role of Niti Aayog will be discussed with chief ministers of all states and lieutenant governors of Union territories, where a discussion on Modi’s pet projects is likely to take place.
Sources said NITI Aayog officials were preparing a background note on these projects, the reforms agenda of the Centre, a revamped fund flow system to be introduced from next budget and state inputs for the Union budget will be circulated to the chief ministers early next week.