Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who attended the Niti Aayog’s Governing Council meeting today, drew attention towards various sectors.
The speech of the just demands of our State relating to Railways, Telecom, Banking, reduction in a central fund, special focus States in view of frequent disasters, the inclusion of some of our important languages in the 8th schedule etc.
Addressing the meeting the Odisha CM stated that “Every crime is being politicised, every action of an elected Govt is being seen from a poll angle. This atmosphere is one of the biggest threats to the pace of development & peace. It’s high time the country gets out of this election mode & allows elected governments to function.”
He also stated that “The Hallmark of a mature democracy is that once elected, Government are meant to work for people, beyond the party line. It’s high time that we as a country have serious introspection on whether we are able to do the same.”
“If the country has to really move forward, regions that are neglected & populations that are vulnerable have to be taken along. Committed & targeted action is needed. NITI Aayog has a major role to play. Areas like malnutrition, connectivity, sex ratio imbalances need focus,” said Patnaik.
“National parties had promised women’s reservation both in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies. History will not forgive us if we renege on this commitment. This calls for serious deliberation and taking it forward,” CM Patnaik added.
The Odisha CM also talked about examination patterns and said, “Should not we have exams that focus on equality & attracting merit as opposed to exam patterns that are heavily dependent on highly paid coaching classes. This will truly eliminate merit in the long run & deny justice to lakhs of our children who live in rural areas. Lakhs of our young people appear for national level exams every year – the UPSC exam, NEET, JEE etc. A critical look is needed to re-evaluate the examination pattern for these prestigious and highly sought-after exams.”
“NITI Aayog should develop into a repository of innovations drawn from the country & across the world & help replicate it. Futuristic technologies, new world economy, solutions for climate change, inclusive governance models are some areas that can be focused on,” said Naveen.
“A number of proposals of different States relating to the inclusion of tribal communities in the ST list have been pending from 1978 onwards. Many of them are subsets on phonetic variations of the names of existing ST communities. It is unjust to keep these pending for years without a decision.”
“Unified response & inclusive approach should be adopted for all major challenges facing the country in the true spirit of cooperative federalism,” pointed the Odisha CM. “Covid-19 was a challenge for the world and India showed with its unified response what is possible. European countries and the United States could not put up a unified front. The same unified response and inclusive approach should be adopted for all major challenges facing the country in the true spirit of cooperative federalism. History will remember us on what our response has been on critical issues affecting our people and the country, raising above political considerations,” Patnaik concluded.
The governing council, the apex body of Niti Aayog, deliberated on issues related to agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing, human resource development, service delivery at the grassroots level and health & nutrition.
The governing council of the Niti Aayog meets regularly and its first meeting took place on February 8, 2015. The council did not meet last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.