PM asks states to speed up infra development

NEW DELHI
23 Apr 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday called upon states to "speed up capital expenditure and infrastructure creation" to spur economic growth.
Addressing the third meeting of the Governing Council of Niti Aayog, Modi also said the think-tank's long, medium and short term action plans would benefit all the states.
"Niti Aayog is working on a 15-year long term vision, seven-year medium term strategy, and three-year action agenda," he told the meeting, which was attended by chief ministers, union ministers and senior officials.
The prime minister further said the vision of 'New India' can only be realised through the combined efforts and cooperation of all the states.
"Team India" has assembled here to discuss and reflect on ways to prepare the country for changing global trends, Modi said.
It is the collective responsibility of this gathering to envision the India of 2022 - the 75th anniversary of Independence - and see how the nation can swiftly move forward to achieve these goals, he added.
Observing that Niti Aayog has been taking steps to transform India, the prime minister asked the government, private sector and civil society to work in sync to promote development.
The Aayog, he said, is a collaborative federal body whose strength is in its ideas, rather than in administrative or financial control.
Noting that the chief ministers need not come to Niti for approval of budgets or plans, he said the body had gone beyond relying on government inputs and taken on board a number of outside specialists, experts and young professionals.
The states too can contribute to policy formulation, he added. (PTI)