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7th NITI Aayog's Governing Council meeting: PM Modi asks states to focus on crop diversification

 A fruitful interaction was held during the NITI Aayog's seventh governing council meeting where chief minister and lieutenant governors presented the best practices from their states, said NITI Aayog CEO Parameswaran Iyer.

At the meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed the importance of agriculture diversification and the need to be self-sufficient, especially in edible oils, the think-tanks Ramesh Chand said at a post-meeting briefing.

“We're meeting nearly half of our total demand for edible oil from imports… Overall, states were quite cooperative and are working on this aspect,” Chand further said.

Presentations were made on NEP 2020, G20, and the importance of exports.

Vice chairman Suman Beri said the PM made important points on India's post-Covid situation, year ahead and his expectation from meeting of NITI Aayog.

Beri said Modi noted the way in which Centre and states during the Covid-19 pandemic made decisions in tandem with each other. "India’s federal structure and cooperative federalism emerged as a model for the world during Covid crisis, the PM said. He also talked about India's aim for 2047,” Beri added.

he Governing Council discussed four key agenda items:
(i) crop diversification and achieving self-sufficiency in pulses, oilseeds and other agri-commodities;
(ii) implementation of National Education Policy (NEP) in school education;
(iii) implementation of National Education Policy in higher education; and
(iv) urban governance.
PM Modi underscored the importance of all of the above issues, especially the need for India to focus on modernised agriculture, animal husbandry, and food processing to become self-sufficient and a global leader in the agriculture sector. Rapid urbanisation can become India’s strength, PM stated.
India’s G20 presidency
Speaking about India’s G20 presidency in 2023, the PM called it a unique opportunity to show the world that India is not just Delhi—it is every state and UT of the country. “The G20 Presidency presents a great opportunity and a great responsibility. For the first time in the history of G20, India will host the G20 meetings over the year, not only in Delhi, but in every State and Union Territory," Union Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar said.

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