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First Meeting of Governing Council of NITI Aayog
Feb 12, 2015

Chairing the first meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog the Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon all Chief Ministers to work with the Centre to forge a model of cooperative federalism, whereby the Centre and the States (TEAM INDIA ) can come together to resolve differences, and chart a common course to progress and prosperity.


  • Let us forge a model of cooperative, competitive federalism; chart a common course to progress and prosperity.

  • Our biggest challenge still is how to eliminate poverty. Let us expedite the process of growth.

  • Forgetting all our differences, let us focus on the cycle of Investment, growth, job creation and prosperity.

  • Will move away from one size fits all schemes; forge a better match between the schemes and the needs of states.

  • Regional Councils under NITI Aayog can catalyse joint projects across member states.

  • States must fulfil their role in promoting shared national objectives.

PM’s Vision

  • The Prime Minister said the Governing Council of NITI Aayog would help advance the national cause as we jointly define it.

  • Noting that India cannot advance without all its states advancing in tandem, the Prime Minister said the idea was to bring up all states together in the spirit of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.

  • He envisioned different states competing with each other in promoting governance initiatives, in a spirit of cooperative, competitive federalism.

  • The world has started looking at India differently, but our biggest challenge still is how to eliminate poverty.

  • Jobs cannot be created, and poverty cannot be removed without growth. Therefore first and foremost we should aim at a high rate of growth.

  • Projects are often held up for want of timely decisions, and a project can get stuck at any stage in any forum. This prevents the people from getting benefits of the projects, and also leads to cost escalation.

  • The PM requested the Chief Ministers to give personal attention to such factors which slow down projects.

  • He urged all Chief Ministers to focus on the cycle of Investment, growth, job creation and prosperity.

  • He also suggested that an officer be identified in the state governments to monitor and ensure a smooth resolution of the pending issues so as to expedite the project implementation.

  • He emphasized that the Centre wished to empower the states with finances, with technology and knowledge so that they are able to plan better and execute even better.

  • The Prime Minister also expressed hope that through the mechanism of the NITI Aayog, India could move away from ‘one size fits all’ schemes, and forge a better match between the schemes and the needs of the states.

  • For federalism to work well, states must also fulfill their role in promoting the shared national objectives.

  • The critical element for cooperative federalism to flourish is that states commit to the path they choose within the context of the shared national objectives and then deliver on that commitment.

  • Reflecting on the role of NITI Aayog as a think-tank, the Prime Minister said he sees great scope for states to learn from each other, work together among themselves and with the Centre.

  • Best practices can be shared among states, and a portal can be created through which state functionaries share their experiences.

  • Our focus on Good Governance is the need of the hour and whatever we do it should be well thought, it should be well-executed and it should have desired outcome.

The interaction was coordinated by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and the opening remarks for the meeting were made by Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.

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