NITI Aayog set to host first meeting on February 6
NITI Aayog's chairman and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to preside over the meeting on February 6.
The event will be precursor to a larger meeting two days later. The institution's governing council will meet on February 8, which will be attended by all chief ministers, lieutenant governors and 11 members of the Aayog, government officials said.
"Prime Minister is taking keen interest in functioning of the Aayog, which will help the government in taking several policy initiatives in near future. It will also give inputs for the forthcoming budget," one official said requesting anonymity. Official sources said deliberations at the Aayog next month would provide a road map for the country's social and economic development.
The Aayog plans to draw the basis of long-term social and economic policies after consulting stakeholders. These policies will not be imported from developed countries, but will reflect India's ground reality.
For example, the Aayog will frame an integrated energy policy soon, which will cover all related aspects including climate change issues. Before framing a long-term vision and action plan for the country's energy security, the Aayog will float a discussion paper, which will help it in wider consultation on the matter, sources said. Similarly, the Aayog will help in framing comprehensive policies related to health, education and agriculture.
The Cabinet had on January 1 replaced the Planning Commission with the NITI Aayog. The government decided to revamp the institution after 65 years of its existence to cope up with India's growing needs as one of the world's largest economies, sources said. "The revamped Aayog is no longer a parking lot like the Planning Commission under the erstwhile UPA government. It is a lean organisation," the official quoted earlier said.