PM Narendra Modi on Saturday made a strong case for repealing archaic laws and making it easier to do business in India stating that the centre and states need to work closely to boost economic growth.
Addressing the sixth meeting of the Niti Aayog governing council, PM said that the initiatives taken by the government would provide opportunity to everyone to participate in nation building to its full potential.
the Prime Minister said that the private sector should be given full opportunity to become a part of government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat programme.
“Centre and states should work together for the nation’s progress… Government has to respect and give due representation to the private sector for economic progress,” Modi said.
Citing the example of how Centre and states worked closely to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, Modi urged the two to work together to make cooperative federalism more meaningful.”In the Covid period we saw how Centre and States worked together, the nation succeeded and a good image of India was built before the entire world. I would urge the states to form committees by connecting all the people of the society in their respective states,” he said.
“The nation succeeded and a good image of India was built before the entire world,” Modi added. He also said that the country needs to try and bring competitive, cooperative federalism not only among states but also in districts.
Referring to the farm sector, the Prime Minister said that efforts should be made to produce agriculture items like edible oil and reduce their imports. “This can be done by guiding farmers,” he said, adding the money being spend on imports can go to the accounts of farmers.
The Prime Minister also underlined the need for reducing compliance burden on people and asked the states to form committees to reduce regulations which are no longer relevant in the wake of technology.
The positive response received for this year’s Budget has expressed the mood of the nation. The country has made up its mind that it wants to progress rapidly and doesn’t want to lose time. The youth is playing a major role in setting the mood of the nation,” said PM Modi.
PM Modi also appealed to the state governments to reduce compliance and the number of laws that entangle the system.
In the last 18 months since Jal Jeevan Mission came into existence and over 3.5 crore rural households have been connected with piped water connections, the Prime Minister said.
PM Modi further lauded the Atma Nirbhar Bharat campaign and said that it is the way to “build an India that produces not only for its own needs, but also for the world and that would also stand the test of the world.