Hours after Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said in a statement that he urged PM Modi to ensure urgent resolution to the ongoing farmers' "unrest", NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar clarified that no one spoke about farm laws in the sixth governing council meeting, and only reforms in agricultural sector were discussed.
Singh, who couldn't attend the meeting due to 'ill-health', recorded a message for the prime minister where he made the appeal on farmers, and a request on an early release of the state's pending GST compensation. He also expressed concerns over the threat to Punjab's agriculture sector as a result of the "disruptions caused by the three new farm laws", according to a state government release.
Kumar further said that six things were in focus during the meeting -- making India a manufacturing powerhouse, reimagining agriculture, improving physical infrastructure, accelerating human resource development, service delivery at grassroots level, and health and nutrition. He added that all states are focused on growth agenda.
Earlier, in the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on 'zero defect, zero effect' mantra which he gave in August 2014 to Indian entrepreneurs for better products--a direct reference to the need to make things without causing the environmental harm. "We should enhance the use of technology and focus on opening of new startups to strong its expansion to achieve the goal of 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'," Modi said.
He further said that 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' campaign is the way to build an India that produces not only for its needs but also for the world, and these productions will also stand the test of world superiority. To achieve the goal, the Prime Minister added there is need for a better coordination among Centre as well as states and increase export.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told PM Modi that the agricultural scenario of the state has been transformed through floriculture, horticulture and bee- farming, a government official said. Speaking during the virtual meeting of the NITI Aayog being chaired by Modi, Chouhan also said that alternatives would be made available to farmers in the state to enable them to sell their agriculture produce.
He hailed the Union budget 2021-22 saying that it aims to make the country self-reliant, and added that Madhya Pradesh will also lay emphasis on self-reliance in its budget. Chouhan said that efforts would be made in the state budget to make optimum use of the allocations made in the Union budget, the official said.