Jammu, Dec 17: Terming the performance of J&K on all developmental indicators over the last two years as significant, NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat Friday urged the government functionaries to keep up the good work for further improving the lives of the people of J&K.
Reviewing the progress made by J&K on various growth and development indicators over the last two years in a meeting with the Chief Secretary and the Administrative Secretaries of the J&K government as well as senior officers of the central ministries and NITI Aayog, Saraswat said that cooperative federalism was the bedrock of the fiscal federalism and NITI Aayog was committed to working with states and central ministries to enhance and equalise growth and development in the country.
“Strong districts and blocks will strengthen the states, which in turn will support the nation to grow strong and prosperous. The focus of the developmental initiatives has to be on the districts and blocks,” he said.
Saraswat said that NITI Aayog’s developmental policy push was in line with ‘Sabka Sath SabkaVikas SabkaVishwas and Sabka Prayas’ mantra of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove developmental deficits and income inequalities across all the states and union territories.
“PM has identified agriculture and industry sectors as two important drivers of pushing GDP growth in the country and, therefore, focused attention has to be trained on these sectors for improving productivity, wages, prospects and income in these sectors,” he said.
Saraswat announced that it was only when states grow their GSDPs that national GDP would grow, leading to more and more wealth creation, which would then be available for redistribution amongst all the sections of the society.