Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the challenge now before the government is to take the economic growth rate to double digits, for which many important steps would have to be taken.In his opening remarks at the fourth meeting of the Niti Aayog Governing Council, the prime minister also assured the chief ministers of flood-affected states of providing all central assistance to deal with the situation.
Observing that the Indian economy has grown at a healthy rate of 7.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017-18, Modi said the challenge now is to take this growth rate to double digits, which requires more important measures.The prime minister said the Governing Council was a platform that could bring about “historic change” in the development of the country.
He assured the chief ministers from flood-affected states that the Union government would provide all assistance to them to deal with the flood situations.
Modi further said the council has approached complex issues of governance as “Team India”, in the spirit of cooperative, competitive federalism.The recommendations of these sub-groups have been incorporated by various ministries of the Union government, he added. The prime minister said that 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres are being constructed under the Ayushman Bharat programme.
He said about 10 crore families will be provided with health assurance worth Rs 5 lakh every year.A comprehensive approach was being adopted for education, under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, Modi added. He said that all aspects and parameters of human development need to be addressed and improved upon in the 115 aspirational districts. The Gram Swaraj Abhiyan has emerged as a new model for implementation of schemes, he said, adding that it has been extended to 45,000 villages in the aspirational districts.
Modi further said India has no shortage of capabilities, capacities and resources and in the current financial year, the states would receive over Rs 11 lakh crore from the Centre, which is an increase of about Rs 6 lakh crore from the last year of the previous government.