NITI’s Governing Council to pitch G20 presidency aims


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By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, August 5: The seventh Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog will be held on Sunday, with aims to spur collaboration and cooperation between Centre and States/Union Territories.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the seventh meeting of the Governing Council at Rashtrapati Bhawan Cultural Centre. The agenda of the meeting, inter alia, includes crop diversification and achieving self-sufficiency in oilseeds and pulses and agri-communities; implementation of the National Education Policy–school education; implementation of the National Education Policy–higher education; and urban governance,” the think tank said in a media statement.

It also stated that as part of preparations for the meeting, the National Conference of Chief Secretaries held in Dharamshala in June, which was the “culmination of the six month long rigorous exercise by the Centre and States”.

“The conference was chaired by the Prime Minister and attended by the Chief Secretaries of all States and UTs, along with senior officials of the Central and State Governments.  The 7th Governing Council Meeting will endeavour to finalize a roadmap and outcome oriented action plan on each of the above themes,” added the NITI Aayog.

This would be the first in-person meeting of the Governing Council since July 2019.

“It is particularly important as we enter Amrit Kaal against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and in light of India hosting the G20 Presidency and summit next year,” added the think tank.

The meeting would also lay emphasis on the importance of the Presidency for India for the federal system and the role that states can play in highlighting their progress at the G-20 Platform, added the think tank.

India is assuming the Presidency of G20 in November this year from Indonesia. India will also be taking over the presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation next year.


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