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NITI Aayog bids farewell to 'one size fits all' approach towards development: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that NITI Aayog or the National Institution for Transforming India, NDA government's institution which will serve as a policy think-tank for the central as well as state governments celebrated “India's diversity and plurality.”


NITI Aayog bids farewell to 'one size fits all' approach towards development: PM Modi

Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that NITI Aayog or the National Institution for Transforming India, NDA government's institution which will serve as a policy think-tank for the central as well as state governments celebrated “India's diversity and plurality.”

He also said that through NITI Aayog his government had bid farewell to 'one size fits all' approach towards development and maintained that the new institution would “emerge as an active and important institution that will play a pivotal role in India's development journey in the years to come.”

PM Modi posted his views on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

In another post he wrote, “NITI Aayog will provide key inputs on various policy matters,” and “has been formed after a wide range of consultation with the various stakeholders including the Chief Ministers.”

“A landmark change is the inclusion of all State CMs and LGs of UTs in the NITI Aayog. This will foster a spirit of cooperative federalism,” he added.

The PM further said that having served as a CM in the past he was very much aware of the importance of actively consulting the states and emphasised that NITI Aayog did precisely that.

On the new plan panel's agenda he said, “A pro-people, pro-active and participative development agenda stressing on empowerment and equality is the guiding principle behind NITI Aayog,” adding, “Through the NITI Aayog we wish to ensure that every individual can enjoy the fruits of development and aspire to lead a better life.”

The 65-year-old Planning Commission was today replaced by a new body, NITI Aayog which will provide governments at the central and state levels with relevant strategic and technical advice across the spectrum of key elements of policy, this includes matters of national and international import on the economic front, dissemination of best practices from within the country as well as from other nations, the infusion of new policy ideas and specific issue-based support, an official statement said.

The NITI Aayog will have a governing council comprising of all state Chief Ministers and Lt Governors and will work towards fostering a 'co-operative federalism' for providing a "national agenda" to the Centre and States, as per PTI.

The body will have a CEO and a Vice Chairperson, to be appointed by the Prime Minister, in addition to some full-time members and two part-time members, while four union ministers would serve as ex-officio members.

The Planning Commission instead had a Deputy Chairperson.

Besides, there would be specific regional councils, while experts and specialists from various fields would be there as "special invitees nominated by the Prime Minister".

NITI Aayog follows PM Modi's announcement in his Independence Day speech in August 2014 that there is a need for replacing the Planning Commission by a new body keeping in view the changed economic scenario.

The government has set up the new body through a Cabinet Resolution, wherein it has invoked words of leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar, Swami Vivekanand and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.

While the two part-time members would be from leading universities and research organisations, the number of full time members has not been specified as yet.

The NITI Aayog has been set up after intensive consultations with stakeholders across the spectrum including states, domain experts and institutions.

The new body has been set up by a resolution of Union Cabinet as was done in case of Planning Commission which was established on March 15, 1950.

With PTI inputs 

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