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Niti Aayog projects growth at an average of 8% in 15 years

After 15-16 years, India’s gross domestic product or the size of the economy will touch Rs469 lakh crore from Rs137 lakh crore in 2015-16.

business Updated: Apr 27, 2017 15:15 IST
Raj Kumar Ray
Raj Kumar Ray
New Delhi
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Chief ministers of different states during the 3rd meeting of the governing council of NITI Aayog chaired by PM Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

India on Sunday drew a long-term vision plan that envisages faster reforms to help the economy grow at an annual average rate of 8% in the next 15-16 years.

Presenting the draft 15-year vision document at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya said the Centre and states discussed various reforms that are required in coming years including the implementation of Goods and Services Tax from July.

“The future looks extremely bright...There is a very good case that we should over the next 15-16 years grow at 8%,” he said.

After 15-16 years, India’s gross domestic product or the size of the economy will touch Rs 469 lakh crore from Rs 137 lakh crore in 2015-16, Panagariya said.

This means a 3.4 times increase in the size of the economy in one-and-a-half decades.

Niti Aayog’s governing council thrashed out the 15-year vision document for faster development as well as improve social goals such as reducing poverty, improve health and sanitation.

Another seven-year strategy document for 2017-24 will also be charted out as the National Development Agenda.

A three-year Action Agenda from 2017-18 to 2019-20 is also being worked out to assess funding requirements.

During the meeting, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan outlined the need to double farmers’ income. Ramesh Chand, member of Niti Aayog, highlighted steps needed to be taken to give farmers remunerative prices and increase productivity.

Revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia urged states to pass the state GST (SGST) laws so that the country’s biggest tax reform can be implemented from July 1. “That is very much the target,” Panagariya said.

He said Modi has urged states to use the government e-market place (GeM) platform to reduce corruption and increase transparency in procurement.

Modi also pitched for use of technologies such as BHIM and Aadhaar.Niti Aayog has been asked to help states in judicious use of the District Mineral Fund, the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) and the construction workers welfare fund.

First Published: Apr 23, 2017 22:56 IST