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"Focusing on the 3Ts - Trade, Tourism and Technology": Prime Minister Modi at the NITI Aayog Conference

PM Modi said NITI Aayog will study state concerns, challenges and best practices.

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged modernization of agriculture, animal husbandry and food processing to help the country become self-sufficient and become a world leader in the agricultural sector.

The prime minister also asked states to focus on promoting the 3Ts (trade, tourism and technology) with the aim of reducing imports and increasing exports, he said in an official announcement after the 7th board meeting of NITI Aayog. I was.

“We need to encourage people to use local products wherever possible,” he said, adding that “a voice for locals” is a common goal, not an agenda for individual political parties. .

India “needs to become self-sufficient and a global leader in the agricultural sector by focusing on modernized agriculture, animal husbandry and food processing,” he said. He said rapid urbanization could become India’s strength, not weakness, by ensuring ease of living, transparent service delivery and a better quality of life for all citizens. .

The Prime Minister also thanked all states for their joint efforts in the spirit of cooperative federalism in the fight against the Covid pandemic.

“All states, according to their strength, have played an important role and contributed to India’s fight against Covid. This has made India a respectable example for developing countries as world leaders. did,” he said.

“For the first time in 75 years of India’s independence, all of India’s chief secretaries came together to discuss issues of national importance for three days. The Prime Minister stressed the need for collective action to increase the collection of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying that while implementation was improved, “the potential is much greater…and that It strengthens our economic position and is a US$5 trillion economy.” He said it was the culmination of storming and consultation.

In his closing remarks, Prime Minister Modi said that NITI Aayog will study the state’s concerns, challenges and best practices and plan for the future.

The issues discussed at the conference will define the nation’s priorities for the next 25 years, adding: “The seeds we sow today will define the fruit India will harvest in 2047.” The Prime Minister also said of India’s G20 presidency in 2023, “We need to develop a massive campaign on the G20 so that we can identify the best talent available in the country.” rice field. He also said he needed a dedicated G20 team inside the US to get the most out of the initiative.

The G20 is a group of developed and developing countries and India will chair the group in 2023.

This was the Steering Council’s first physical meeting since the outbreak of the pandemic, and the 2021 meeting was held via videoconference.

The meeting was attended by 23 Prime Ministers, 3 Deputy Governors, 2 Administrators and Union Ministers and was chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

Telangana’s Prime Minister KC Rao boycotted the meeting and Bihar’s Prime Minister Nitish Kumar was unable to attend as he was recovering from Covid-19.

The Board discussed four key agenda items: crop diversification and achieving self-sufficiency in pulses, oilseeds and other agricultural commodities. Implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) in school education. implementation of NEP in higher education; and urban governance.

Speaking at the meeting, Foreign Minister Jaishankar said, “The G20 presidency brings great opportunities and great responsibilities. But in all states and Union Territories.” Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan spoke on the New Education Policy (NEP), highlighting initiatives taken to improve learning outcomes, teacher development and skills. did.

NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Suman Bery said that realizing the vision of a post-pandemic resurrected India will require a joint effort between the Center and the states.

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