Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked NITI Aayog to prepare a vision document that contains a roadmap for India’s development for the next 15 years. PM Modi called for major transformational changes when he meet the NITI Aayog members on Thursday evening.
PM Modi stated that the time for incremental change was long over and urged members to come up with a roadmap to lay the foundation for the country’s growth over the 21st century.
He highlighted the importance of technology as a driver of change and asserted that the pace of change should not slacken.
The government, he said, has “the courage and the ability to deliver transformational change for bettering the lives of the people”.
He urged the panel to play to strengths in boosting India’s growth in the coming decades.
Judicious and intelligent application of India’s natural and human resources can be at the heart of the change, said the Prime Minister.
Mineral wealth, the vast untapped solar energy potential and sub-optimally used coastline should also be exploited to the hilt, he added.
“Prime Minister has stressed transformational changes rather than having incremental changes. He said that we need to win the war of policies and chase things according to the changing (technology) World,” said NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant.
“Prime Minister said I am a person who does experiment and I have confidence,” NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya told reporters the meeting on the country’s Vision Document.
When asked whether the Vision Document will be approved by the NITI Aayog Governing Council, Panagariya said no decision had been taken on the matter.
The Council is headed by the Prime Minister with all Chief Ministers on its board. As per earlier practice, 5 year plans were approved by National Development Council, headed by PM.
He stated that the need of the hour was to boost partnerships with states and called for an overall development of the rural economy through agriculture.
The challenge of boosting exports and skill development also featured in the meet. According to the PM, the Centre should only act as a catalyst in increasing exports. Most of the export potential should come from the states, he said.
He is said to have cited an example of Middle East countries which depend on imports for food items and suggested that Indian farmers can have long term agreement with these countries to supply their produce.
“We should skill people keeping in mind the requirement of industry in 2030. We should focus on creating opportunities and not just jobs,” said the PM.
PM Modi is said to have told the panel to map the natural resources in the country and prepare a catalogue for timely, efficient and effective use of national wealth through definite policy.
The Prime Minister also talked about boosting tourism. He has asked the group to identify and develop 10 islands for promoting tourism.
The meeting was also attended by the Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh, Members of the NITI Aayog, besides senior officers from the NITI Aayog, PMO and Cabinet Secretariat.
(With inputs from PTI)