There Was Great Consensus About NEP: Niti Aayog

| Updated: 08 August, 2022 8:09 am IST

NEW DELHI: At the 7th General Council meeting of the NITI Aayog, if there was great consensus about one issue, it was the National Education Policy (NEP), said NITI Aayog in the press conference after the meeting.

“If there is one thing about which there was great consensus, it was on the implementation of the National Education Policy. Chief Ministers highlighted steps they have taken,” said NITI Aayog member VK Paul.

The 7th General Council meeting of NITI Aayog was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Sunday.

Since the country was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, this was the first physical meeting of the Governing Council. The meeting was attended by 23 Chief Ministers, three Lieutenant Governors, two Administrators and Union Ministers. The Union Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, moderated the meeting.

Vice-Chairperson Suman Bery said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about how states helped in the fight against COVID-19. The Prime Minister said, “Every state played a crucial role according to its strength and contributed to India’s fight against COVID. This led to India emerging as an example for the developing nations to look up to as a global leader.”

VK Paul said that NITI Aayog is playing the role of a bridge between the centre and the states in the Union government structure. “The mandate of NITI includes cooperative federalism and competitive federalism,” Paul said.

Talking about making India self-sufficient in pulses, NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand said that the country is importing edible oils worth one lakh crore rupees and meeting almost half of the demand through imports. He noted that different states shared how they were ensuring diversification in crop cultivation.

NITI Aayog CEO Parameswaran Iyer said that in the absence of the Telangana Chief Minister there was no discussion about the state and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar did not participate in the meeting as he was unwell.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has boycotted the meeting.

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