Chief minister Vasundhara Raje suggested setting up of an empowered committee under the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog to bring more transparency betwen different ministries of Union government and the state governments in terms of projects.
Raje made the suggestion in the first meeting of the governing council of the Aayog at the Prime Minister’s residence in New Delhi on Sunday.
She added that such a committee will help in establishing better co-ordination between the Union and state governments and would give the necessary push to various developmental projects intitiated by the Centre.
Chief ministers of different states and Lt. governors of Union Territories participated in the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Keeping Rajasthan’s interests in the forefront, Raje suggested that each state should be allowed to prepare and implement various developmental projects according to their requirements and specific conditions. She added that the Centre should limit its sponsored schemes to 10 and states should be allowed to utilize the rest of the Centre’s fund for state projects.
She said that there should be no need for approval of an ‘integrated scheme’ and the states should also be provided support of experts for preparing vision documents of schemes.
“In Rajasthan during 2014-15, out of the total plan allocation in education sector, 97.5% funds were spent in matching the central grants. Thus, for the state schemes we could corner a negligible 2.5% of funds,” she said.
She underlined the need for review of schemes like NREGS, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna, and NDRF among others.
The chief minister said that the Aayog should act as a “resource centre” for states to get data, analyses and studies of comparative analysis of the excellent works.