For self-reliant India, Centre and the states should coordinate their budget with each other: PM Modi

Sohini Biswas,
During this pandemic time, Prime Minister Modi said that the kind of positive feedback on this year’s budget, portrays the ‘Mood of the Nation’. The country has made up its mind to move fast. The country does not want to waste time now. The young mind of the country is playing a very big role in making up the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of the necessity for a concrete policy framework today, as the country counters the economic depression due to coronavirus pandemic. In this circumstance, he points out the need to upsurge the consistency between the Centre and the states.

Speaking at the sixth meeting of the Niti Aayog, he said the private sector must be permitted to develop and the states and the Centre should both back them. “During the pandemic period, we noticed how the Centre and the states functioned together. The nation thrived and a good image was built before the whole world for India,” he said.

Highlighting the need to attain Ease of Doing Business so the country can “grasp global opportunities”, Modi also spoke of attaining “Ease of Living” for Indian people. Over the last few years, there have been increase in vaccination, opening of new bank accounts, free electricity connection, free gas connection and health facilities, which “empowered the poor”, conveying remarkable changes, he said.

“The optimistic response acknowledged for this year’s Budget has voiced the mood of the nation. The country has made up its mind to develop rapidly and doesn’t want to waste time. The young generation is playing a main role in setting the mood of the nation,” he added. The outline of today’s meeting involved human resource development, service delivery, agriculture, infrastructure, and manufacturing at grassroots level and health and nutrition.

“The basis of India’s growth is that the Centre and the states come together and go towards a positive direction and sort cooperative federalism even more significant. We have to bring cooperative and competitive federalism among states and districts,” he said. At the meeting, the notable absentees included Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee. Meanwhile, newly formed Union Territory of Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir made their first entry.

The governing council of the Niti Aayog come across regularly and the first meeting held on February 8, 2015. The council could not meet last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

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