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Demand for Permanent Regional Council and Separate Hill Division in NITI Aayog
Feb 21, 2015

In the maiden meeting of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) in New Delhi, hilly states like Uttarkhand and Himachal Pradesh asked for a permanent regional council and a separate hill division for hilly states and special category status to cater to the aspirations of the people. The objective of the meeting of the governing council of NITI Aayog was to give proper shape to the newly constituted institution.

  • The proposed hill division in NITI Aayog could act as a permanent secretariat for the regional council. There should also be representation from the states by rotation in the executive body of NITI Aayog, irrespective of political party in power in the states.

  • The resource allocation for financing the annual plans in the shape of special central assistance and special plan assistance should continue to flow to the hill states, keeping in view the peculiar challenges prevailing in these states.

  • It was also suggested that the process of consultation between the vice-chairman of NITI Aayog and chief ministers as well as between the CEO of NITI Aayog and chief secretaries should continue for finalization of annual plans.

  • For creating enabling environment for industries, it was demanded that hilly and special category states should be provided special package of incentives to attract industries so that Make in India programme may not remain confined to a few already industrially advanced states. 

  • Hilly states also requested for liberal funding to protect handicraft sector in such states. 

  • Hilly states raised their concerns over the curtailment in allocation of funds under MNREGA, and said that central funds for this scheme should come to the states as per their demand.

  • Uttarakhand demanded state-specific issues like continuance of Uttarakhand's status as a special category state, a green bonus for its contribution to environment conservation efforts and lifting the ban on hydel projects.


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