To identify the contours of state government's approach to the proposed operational framework of the NITI Aayog, governor NN Vohra held discussions with secretary planning and development BR Sharma and secretary finance BB Vyas on Monday.
The officers highlighted the special concerns of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in context of huge resource gap in funding the annual plans and the need for long term planning for the balanced development of the state.
It was felt that any strategic planning for J&K's development should factor in the availability of state's natural resources and skill sets with innovative and sustained capacity building efforts to harness its full potential. While undertaking any planning exercise, need for imparting the requisite flexibility to the state for meeting its requirements was emphasised, Raj Bhavan spokesperson added.
It was also noted that any planning for J&K's growth must reckon the higher cost of delivery of public services in the state, besides the missing multiplier effect in view of the inadequate local capacities.
The governor has been invited to attend the first meeting of the governing council of the NITI Aayog in Delhi on February 8 which will be chaired by the Prime Minister.