‘NITI Aayog should continue to fix plan allocations’ Chandy said

Published on: 09 Feb, 2015
Published under: General Kerala News, Politics News Kerala

On Sunday Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy says that The NITI Aayog should continue to determine the levels of funds to be allocated to the states and fix plan expenditure, like the erstwhile Planning Commission,

“The Aayog should continue with the function performed by the Planning Commission of determining, in consultation with the Finance Ministry and State Governments, the amount of resources to be made available to the States for Plan and Budget preparation”, he said.

Chandy says the Aayog must also play an important role in finalising the quantum of resources available for Plan spending, at the first meeting of the NITI Aayog.

Observing that the Centre’s ambitious Beti Bachao Abhiyan and Jan Dhan Yojana programmes were not relevant for Kerala as it had already achieved high standards in these area, Chandy asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allocate the funds meant for such programmes to develop his state’s dwindling agriculture productivity.

Chandy said “There should be much more focus on making agriculture a viable and productive occupation through a suitable flagship programme, which focuses on research oriented assistance to agriculturists,”

The states need maximum flexibility to take care of their own specific concerns like second generation issues in education and health sectors or special schemes for ageing population, The Chief Minister said.

Src: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/niti-aayog-should-continue-to-fix-plan-allocations-oommen-chandy/articleshow/46164651.cms

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