Prime Minister's Retreat with Chief Ministers





Prime Minister's Retreat with Chief Ministers

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, after the formal Consultation Meeting with Chief Ministers on the new institution to replace the Planning Commission, held a Retreat with the Chief Ministers.

The Retreat is a first of its kind where the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers met without the support of any officials in a relaxed, private setting and discussed developmental issues and specific success stories in their states. The purpose is to learn from each others` successes so that they could be replicated in other states.

Chief Ministers highlighted one area each where they had done something innovative and which had a visible impact, either in improving governance or in improving service delivery to citizens.

All the participants felt that this was an extremely useful exercise which could be repeated in future.

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Rajasthan CM presents draft worth Rs 5 crore to PM, for PMNRF

The Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Smt. Vasundhara Raje, today presented a draft worth Rs. 5 crore to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, for the Prime Minister`s National Relief Fund.

The amount includes one months salary donated by all MPs and MLAs, and one day`s salary from various officers and workers unions.

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Planning Commission Presentation in PM's Consultation Meeting with Chief Ministers for Replacing Planning Commission

Planning Commission Presentation in PM`s Consultation Meeting with Chief Ministers for Replacing Planning Commission.
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PM's concluding remarks at the consultation meeting with CMs on replacing the Planning Commission


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, at the conclusion of the consultation meeting with Chief Ministers, said that the meeting was fruitful and all Chief Ministers had offered significant suggestions.

The Prime Minister referred to remarks made by Dr. Manmohan Singh on April 30th, 2014 regarding the Planning Commission. He said that Dr. Manmohan Singh, who had been associated for a long time with the Planning Commission, had noted that the body has no futuristic vision in the post-reform period. He had also noted that the Planning Commission would have to reinvent itself to remain more effective and relevant in the present situation.

The Prime Minister also recalled his own speech on Independence Day, and said that the Planning Commission should be replaced by an organization which can think creatively, strengthen the federal structure, and energize states.
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PM's opening remarks at the consultation meeting with CMs on replacing the Planning Commission

PM: There is need for a new set-up which will help India take "a big leap forward" in the spirit of cooperative federalism

PM: Need for relook at Planning Commission has been raised since 1992


The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave a new thrust to the quest for an effective replacement to the Planning Commission, describing "Team India" as a combination of three teams – the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers; the Union Council of Ministers; and the bureaucracy in the Centre and States. He was delivering the opening remarks at a consultation meeting with Chief Ministers on the subject of replacement of the Planning Commission.

Invoking the spirit of "cooperative federalism", the Prime Minister said that the current global scenario offered a chance for India to take a big leap forward. The Prime Minister called for abandoning the incremental approach. He stressed on the need for a suitable body to replace the Planning Commission, so that the strengths of the country can be suitably harnessed.

The Prime Minister said the question of role, relevance and restructuring of the Planning Commission had been repeatedly questioned for more than two decades. The first introspection was done after the launch of economic reforms, in 1992, when it was felt that in light of changing Government policy, a different approach was required. In 2012, the Parliamentary Consultative Committee stressed the need for a serious look at the Planning Commission and the need for a new body to replace it. The former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, had stressed the need for a relook at the Planning Commission towards the end of his term, Shri Narendra Modi added.

Further, the Prime Minister said that when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat, he had attended meetings of the Planning Commission, and had felt the need for a better platform to articulate the view of states. The Prime Minister said that development is now a priority for all, and the time has come to develop a new mechanism to deliver growth and development.

Shri Narendra Modi said it is impossible for the nation to develop unless states develop. He said the process of policy planning also has to change from "top to bottom" to "bottom to top." The Prime Minister also noted that in countries such as the USA, thinktanks that function independently of the Government have a major role in policy-making. He said that in India too, there is a great deal of economic activity that happens outside the Government setup, and there is a need to design policies for them as well. He said that states should have a key role in the new body to replace the Planning Commission. He added that states sometimes feel there is no platform to express their views. He also said there should be an effective mechanism to address inter-state disputes.

"Can we develop a new mechanism, that plans according to India`s strengths, empowers states, and brings on board all economic activity, including that which happens outside the Government," the Prime Minister asked, as he set the tone for the discussion in today`s consultation meeting. He said the views that states express in today`s meeting would prove valuable in shaping the new body to replace the Planning Commission.

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Prime Minister's appeal on Armed Forces Flag Day


The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has praised Indian Armed Forces on Armed Forces Flag Day and has appealed for generous donation by all for the welfare of the forces.

"On Armed Forces Flag Day, I appeal to all of you to generously donate towards welfare of our Armed Forces, who serve our Nation day and night.

Our Armed Forces have always risen to the occasion and performed every duty with a patriotic spirit. Their selfless dedication is outstanding," said the Prime Minister.

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PM Lauds Scientists for Success of GSAT-16

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has praised the scientists for the success of GSAT-16.

"Kudos to our scientists for the successful launch of GSAT-16. The communication satellite will become a major asset for our space programme," said the Prime Minister.

Earlier, ISRO had announced that after the successful launch,GSAT-16 is in good health. ISRO`s Master Control Facility at Hassan has taken over the control of the satellite.

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