SME Times News Bureau | 18 Jun, 2018
Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the Indian economy grew at a
healthy 7.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017-18 and the
challenge now is to turn this to "double digits".
his opening speech at
the fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, Prime
Minister Modi said
that the challenge now is to take this growth rate to double digits,
for which many more important steps have to be taken.
said that the vision of a New India by 2022, is now a resolve of the
people of our country.
this context, he mentioned the issues, including doubling of farmers
income, development of aspirational districts, Ayushman Bharat,
Mission Indradhanush, Nutrition Mission and celebrations of the 150th
birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Prime Minister said that 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres are
being constructed under Ayushman Bharat.
said about 10 crore families will be provided health assurance worth
Rs. 5 lakhs every year. He said a comprehensive approach is being
adopted for education, under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan.
Prime Minister said that schemes such as Mudra Yojana, Jan Dhan
Yojana and Stand Up India, are helping in greater financial
inclusion. He emphasized the need for tackling economic imbalances on
said that all aspects and parameters of human development need to be
addressed and improved upon in the 115 aspirational districts.
said that the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan has emerged as a new model for
implementation of schemes. He said that this has so far been extended
to 45,000 villages in the Aspirational Districts.
said that the target is universal coverage in seven important welfare
schemes: Ujjwala, Saubhagya, Ujala, Jan Dhan, Jeevan Jyoti Yojana,
Suraksha Bima Yojana, and Mission Indradhanush. He said this target
was recently accomplished in about 17,000 villages.
Prime Minister said that India has no shortage of capabilities,
capacities and resources.
said that in the current financial year, States are receiving over 11
lakh crore rupees from the Centre, which represents an increase of
about 6 lakh crore rupees, from the last year of the previous
said that this gathering today represents the hopes and aspirations
of the people of India. He said it is also the responsibility of this
gathering to make all efforts to fulfil them.
the Chief Ministers and other delegates were welcomed to the
meeting by Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog, Shri Rajiv Kumar. The
discussions are being moderated by Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh.
in his closing speech, Modi said
that on the lines of the 115 aspirational districts identified by
NITI Aayog, States can define their own parameters to identify 20
percent of the total blocks in the State as aspirational blocks.
added that it is vital to identify the "last people in the line"
so that benefits of governance can reach him. Similarly, he said,
social justice is an important governance objective.