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PM to chair NITI Aayog seventh Governing Council meeting on August 7

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NEW DELHI : The NITI Aayog’s seventh Governing Council meeting on August 7 will be chaired by Chairman PM Shri Narendra Modi. All parties will discuss various issues, including crop diversification and implementation of the National Education Policy, an official statement said on Friday.

The council meeting was not convened in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This will be the first physical meeting of the council after July 2019 and its members include all the chief ministers. The first meeting of the council took place on February 8, 2015.The PM is the Chairperson of the government’s apex policy thinktank.

According to the statement, in the drive towards building a steady, sustainable and inclusive India, the seventh Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog will pave the way for synergies towards a new era of collaboration and cooperation between the Centre and states/Union Territories.

“The meeting would also lay emphasis on the importance of the Presidency for India for the federal system and the role that states can play in highlighting their progress at the G-20 Platform,” the statement said. The council, the apex body of NITI Aayog, includes all chief ministers, lieutenant governors of Union Territories and several Union ministers.

The statement said as part of preparations for the meeting, the National Conference of Chief Secretaries was held in Dharamshala in June 2022. The conference was chaired by the prime minister and attended by the chief secretaries of all states and UTs, along with senior officials of the central and state governments.

The 7th Governing Council meeting will endeavour to finalise a roadmap and outcome-oriented action plan on each of the above themes, the statement added. Generally, the full council meeting happens every year and last year, it was held under the chairmanship of Modi on February 20.

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