The NITI Ayog Task Force, headed by Arvind Panagariya held its first regional consultation recently at Gandhinagar, Gujarat and Central and Western Region States/ UTs – Gujarat, Rajasthan, M.P, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli participated in the meeting. These States favourbly pitched for the model land leasing law and other technological interventions including reforms in Agricultural Marketing.
In a move to re-invigorate the agriculture and its allied sectors, the Governing Council of NITI Aayog in its 1st meeting chaired by the Prime Minister held on 08th Feb. 2015 had constituted a Task Force under the Chairmanship of Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.
The Task Force, so far held four consultative meetings with different stakeholders including farmers, farmers’ groups, scientists and activist. An occasional paper on raising agricultural productivity and making farming remunerative for farmers was also prepared based on the work of the NITI Task Force and posted on NITI Aayog’s web portal. In the series of consultation with the States and UTs to finalize the Report, the first Regional Consultation by Task Force was held on Friday.
The Regional Consultation meeting was presided over by Panagariya and Ramesh Chand, Member (Agriculture), NITI Aayog also participated in the deliberations. Ministers of Gujarat, Nitinbhai Patel, Minister for Health, Roads and Buildings; Babubhai Bokharia, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources; Bhupendra Sinh Chudasama, Minister of Education & Food and Civil Supply; Nanubhai B Vanani, Minister of State for Water Resources, Sports, Youth Affairs and Culture were also present. G Aloria, Chief Secretary of Government of Gujarat was also present. The Vice Chancellors of State Agricultural Universities also attended the meeting.
States were represented by Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries of Agriculture and Allied Sectors and actively participated in the meeting. Adviser (Agri.), NITI Aayog made presentation on recommendations of the NITI Aayog’s Task Force Report on Agricultural Development. The States also shared their best practices in the area of Agriculture & Water Resources. Increasing employment in Agriculture with remunerative prices of their produce has been emphasized upon by various States. The river linking and water conservation and harvesting was also discussed. Strengthening of agricultural co-operatives was also emphasized upon.