PM Modi meets state chief secretaries to fast-track growth

RSTV Bureau
File photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting all chief secretaries to fast-track all-round development of states.

Modi will interact with “Chief Secretaries of all States/ UTs in the National Conference of Chief Secretaries being organised by the Niti Aayog to further the spirit of cooperative and competitive federalism on Monday, July 10…Chief Secretaries from 30 states/UTs along with planning secretaries, finance secretaries, health secretaries, agriculture secretaries and industry secretaries will attend the conference,” said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The meeting, according to the PMO, will focus on best practices in social and economic sectors across States.

“Various developmental indicators developed by NITI Aayog, in the areas of health, education, water management and digital transformation will be discussed to measure performance and progress of States and rank them appropriately to instill healthy competition among them,” it said.

In addition, interactive sessions on ‘Agricultural Reforms’, ‘Health & Nutrition’ and ‘Developmental issues’ have been planned, it said.

“Discussions on the financial position of the states/UTs post Fourteenth Finance Commission, outcome based monitoring, DBT implementation and its progress, ease of doing business figure as key element of the agenda of the day-long National Conference,” it said.

Quality Council of India Chairman Adil Zainlubhai is scheduled to address the audience on ‘Moving away from inputs to outcomes and their monitoring on dashboards’ to set the tone for outcome-based budgets and online monitoring of public finance management.

Several other issues will also be discussed, which include, less-cash economy, ranking on the basis of ease of doing business, direct benefit transfer, agriculture, health and nutrition, targeting Olympic medals, promotion of electric vehicles and leveraging e-marketplace by states.

States are expected to list out their best practices in handling different issues.

Andhra Pradesh is likely give a presentation on online management of outcome-based public finance system on a real-time basis. Similarly, Rajasthan will give out details on its electronically managed public distribution system, ‘e-PDS’, for efficient public service delivery under Annapoorana Bhandar Yojana. Bihar is likely to talk about positive impact of cash payment under a nutrition programme.

(With inputs from PTI)