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NITI Aayog holds meeting to resolve pending issues of Punjab with govt officials
By TOG News Service
Jul 12, 2017

TOG News Service, New Delhi, July 12, 2017: NITI Aayog yesterday held a meeting under the Chairmanship of Dr. Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog with senior officers of government of Punjab headed by Chief Secretary Mr. Karan Avtar Singh and officers of Central Ministries to sort out the pending issues of the state. The issues flagged by state government covering Ministries of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Water Resources and Departments of Revenue and Financial Services of Ministry of Finance were discussed.

NITI Aayog is closely working with the States to foster cooperative federalism through structured support and mechanisms.

On the issue relating to providing financial support to District Central Cooperative Banks of the States for their sustainable growth, it was agreed in principle to setup an Expert Group under the Chairmanship of Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog with members from NABARD, State Governments, RBI, Department of Financial Services and subject experts for evolving possible pathways for strengthening the cooperative banks in the country.

As regards issue of inclusion of livestock and dairy farming as a component in the Crop Diversification Plan under RKVY, the representative of Ministry of Agriculture indicated that there is flexibility under the scheme for states.  It was indicated that under the CDP, the State can include green fodder as a crop for replacing area under paddy.

As regards issue pertaining to clearance of Project for Extension, Renovation and Modernisation of Canals being fed from river Sutlej, the Ministry of Water Resources indicated that the approval would be provided within a week of receipt of revised proposal from the state government of Punjab.