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PM Modi chairs Niti Aayog council meet, assures flood-affected states of Centre’s help

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday before that the Niti Aayog will discuss the implementation of key policies related to several sectors

india Updated: Jun 17, 2018 15:00 IST
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Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi during an event at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

The fourth meeting of the governing council of Niti Aayog, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, began on Saturday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

An official statement said that PM Modi assured flood-affected states that Centre would provide all assistance to them to help deal with the situation. The Prime Minister also asserted that the NITI Aayog governing council is a platform that can bring about “historic change”.

Progress of flagship schemes such as Ayushman Bharat, National Nutrition Mission and Mission Indradhanush; development of districts; farmers’ income and celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi are issues that were likely to be discussed in the meeting, according to an official statement issued on Saturday. The development agenda for ‘New India 2022’ was also expected to be approved.

The council, the apex body of Niti Aayog, includes all the chief ministers, lieutenant governors of union territories, several union ministers and senior government officials. Home minister Rajnath Singh, Karnataka chief mininister HD Kumaraswamy, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and Madhya CM Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrived for the NITI Aayog governing council meeting earlier on Saturday, news agency ANI reported.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu raised a host of the state issues, including the centre’s refusal to grant ‘special category status’ to it, during the NITI Aayog meeting. Over the last four days, the chief minister held extensive discussions with the state ministers, top bureaucrats and MPs on the issues to be raised during the 4th Governing Council meeting of the NITI Aayog.

First Published: Jun 17, 2018 09:41 IST