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Meetings Of Governing Council
Meetings Of Governing Council

NITI Aayog was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on 1 January 2015. The Governing Council of NITI Aayog, comprising Chief Ministers of all the States and Union Territories with legislatures and Lt Governors of other Union Territories, came into effect on 16 February 2015 via a notification by the Cabinet Secretariat. The Governing Council was reconstituted vide a notification dated 19 February 2021 by the Cabinet Secretariat.

The Governing Council is the premier body tasked with evolving a shared vision of national priorities and strategies, with the active involvement of States, in shaping the development narrative. The Governing Council, which embodies the objectives of cooperative federalism, presents a platform to discuss inter-sectoral, inter-departmental and federal issues to accelerate the implementation of the national development agenda.

So far, six meetings of the Governing Council have been held under the chairmanship of the Hon'ble Prime Minister with Chief Ministers/Lt Governors of the States/UTs and other members of the Governing Council.

Sixth Meeting: 20 February 2021

The sixth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held on 20 February 2021 under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi via video conferencing. It was attended by 26 Chief Ministers, 3 Lieutenant Governors and 2 Administrators, apart from Union Ministers who are Ex-Officio Members, and Special Invitees. NITI Aayog’s Vice Chairman, Members and CEO; Principal Secretary to the PM and other senior officers from PMO; Cabinet Secretary; and Chief Secretaries of States/Union Territories also attended the meeting. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh moderated the meeting.


The Hon’ble Prime Minister highlighted that cooperative federalism is the foundation of India’s progress. Cooperative and competitive federalism should be made more effective and taken to the district level. The country has succeeded in managing the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic only because the Centre and the States have worked together in a spirit of partnership.


The Hon’ble Prime Minister emphasized the significance of the Governing Council meeting in providing an opportunity to brainstorm and further strengthen cooperative and competitive federalism.


The sixth meeting was preceded by a detailed interaction with senior State officials on 6 February 2021, the feedback for which was duly incorporated while curating the agenda of the meeting. The agenda comprised the following items:

  1. Making India a Manufacturing Powerhouse

  2. Reimagining Agriculture

  3. Improving Physical Infrastructure

  4. Accelerating Human Resources Development

  5. Improving Service Delivery at Grassroots Level

  6. Health and Nutrition

The Council deliberated on several steps for making India a manufacturing powerhouse, such as reducing compliance burden, initiating reforms at the State level, improving logistics, promoting exports through district-level competition, and creating jobs. States/UTs mentioned efforts made to improve water accessibility, supply of quality and reliable power, internet connectivity and bandwidth availability, quality healthcare services, and sustainable agricultural practices to mitigate the risks of climate change. They also mentioned undertaking suitable reforms to build an advanced manufacturing and innovation ecosystem, thereby bolstering exports through the One District One Product initiative, apart from building on futuristic tech and inclusive governance models. The Chief Ministers also noted marked improvement in the development of physical infrastructure, including digital connectivity, across the North-Eastern region, along with a greater thrust on the Act East Policy, with the aim of providing impetus to the economies of the NE states.

Keeping in mind the aspirations of a young country like India, the Hon’ble Prime Minister stressed on the need to build modern infrastructure. Innovation must be encouraged, and more technology should be used to provide better opportunities for education and skill development.

The Governing Council meeting seeks to build on the strength of every state so that everyone can learn from each other’s best practices. The Council members deliberated on strengthening institutions for skilling, reskilling, and upskilling of workforce. Focus was also laid on improving service delivery at the grassroots level, by ensuring digital infrastructure for the rural regions.


The Hon’ble Prime Minister emphasized on policy frameworks and better coordination between the Centre and States. He welcomed the rich discussion and constructive suggestions by the Council members.


The Governing Council meeting paved the way for synergies across all tiers of the Government, with substantial collaboration and cooperation in the agenda items. The meeting provided an opportunity to address the objectives of advancing economic, social, and demographic welfare.

Fifth Meeting: 15 June 2019
governing council meeting

The fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held under the chairmanship of Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 15 June 2019. It was attended by the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, 26 Chief Ministers and the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, apart from Union Ministers, who are ex-officio members and special invitees. NITI Aayog Vice Chairman, Members, CEO and senior officers also attended the meeting.


The Hon'ble Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog as a platform to inspire cooperative federalism, stressing on the need to collectively combat poverty, unemployment, drought, pollution, pockets of under-development and all such factors that constrain India’s progress. He emphasized that the goal is to realize the potential of this great country, to create a New India by 2022 and a five-trillion-dollar economy by 2024.


The Hon'ble Prime Minister emphasized on the need for every State to focus on increasing its share in the country’s GDP by evaluating its export potential and determining the steps necessary for increasing exports and boosting employment.


Welcoming the constructive discussion and suggestions made by various Chief Ministers, the Hon'ble Prime Minister assured the Council that these suggestions would be seriously considered in the course of decision-making. On the Agenda before the Fifth Council Meeting were the following items:

  1. Rainwater Harvesting

  2. Drought Situation and Relief Measures

  3. Aspirational Districts Programme: Achievements and Challenges 

  4. Transforming Agriculture: Need for Structural Reforms with Special Emphasis on:

    • Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act

    • Essential Commodities Act (ECA)  

  5. Security-Related Issues, with Specific Focus on Left-Wing-Extremism-Affected Districts


The Hon'ble Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of the States towards water conservation and urged all the States to streamline and implement innovative water-management measures. He said the creation of the Ministry of Jal Shakti is a key step by the Union Government to develop an integrated and holistic perspective on water as a developmental resource.


The Hon'ble Prime Minister announced the creation of a high-powered committee on structural reforms in agriculture. He further said that global circumstances currently offer a unique opportunity to India. He said India is establishing itself on global benchmarks such as Ease-of-Doing Business.


The Hon'ble Prime Minister reiterated that the Union Government is keen to partner with the States, and work together for India's development.

Fourth Meeting: 17 June 2018


The fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held on 17 June 2018 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Council held discussions on:


  1. Measures taken to double farmers’ incomes, which include:

    • e-National Agriculture Market

    • Soil Health Cards

    • Rural/Agricultural Haat/Gramin Agricultural Markets (GrAM)

    • MGNREGs and its contribution towards water conservation

  2. Progress made under the flagship schemes of the Government:

    • Ayushman Bharat

    • POSHAN Abhiyaan

    • Mission Indradhanush

  3. Steps taken to address the developmental needs of specially identified districts under the Aspirational Districts Programme

  4. Suggestions received for the celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019

At the end of the day-long deliberations, the Hon'ble Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog as a platform to inspire cooperative federalism, stressing the need for effective center–state cooperation to advance developmental outcomes and achieve double-digit growth for India. He called upon States to fix growth targets for their economies. He advised the States to pay special attention on expanding their exports and attracting export-oriented investment while organizing their investments summits and events.

The Hon'ble Prime Minister also called upon the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Sikkim, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh to work together to make recommendations on a coordinated policy approach on the subject of ‘Agriculture and MNREGA’. He also encouraged States to increase corporate investment in agriculture, such as in food processing, warehousing and logistics

He reiterated the Union Government's commitment to provide 100% coverage of seven flagship schemes to 45,000 additional villages and those in the 115 Aspirational Districts by 15 August 2018. He urged the States to identify the 'aspirational blocks’ to take development to the grassroots.

Third Meeting: 23 April 2017


The third meeting of the Governing Council was held on 23 April 2017 at the RBCC, President's Secretariat, New Delhi.

Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, made a presentation on a 15-year vision, accompanied by a 7-year strategy and a 3-year action agenda. He gave an outline of the draft Action Agenda circulated at the meeting, which had been prepared with inputs from the States.

CEO, NITI Aayog, made a presentation on the Action-Taken Report and initiatives of NITI Aayog, and the Revenue Secretary made a presentation on GST, explaining the benefits of the system and the way forward.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan made a presentation on doubling farmers’ income, touching upon areas such as irrigation, technology generation and dissemination, policy and market reforms, e-NAM, livestock productivity etc.

The Hon'ble Prime Minister, in his address, touched upon various issues relating to regional imbalance; use of the GeM platform by the States to reduce corruption and increase transparency in Government procurement; preparation of a roadmap for better utilization of funds like the District Mineral Fund and the CAMPA Fund by the States; etc.

Second meeting: 15 July 2015


The second meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held on 15 July 2015. The Hon'ble Prime Minister reiterated the vision of his Government—that state units should be the focus of all development efforts, as part of 'Team India'.

The Council held consultations on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act. 

In his opening remarks at the meeting, the Hon'ble Prime Minister said that the Centre and States must move together to end poverty. He said the political deadlock over land acquisition was seriously impacting rural development, including the creation of schools, hospitals, roads and irrigation projects.

He appealed to everyone that political considerations should not come in the way of a solution that would facilitate development of the rural areas, and greater prosperity for the farmers.

First Meeting: 8 February 2015
First meeting

The first meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog was held on 8 February 2015. The Hon’ble Prime Minister urged all Chief Ministers to work with the Centre to forge a model of cooperative federalism, whereby the Centre and the States could come together to resolve differences, and chart a common course to progress and prosperity.

In the spirit of cooperative federalism, therefore, the Governing Council decided that NITI Aayog would constitute three major subgroups of Chief Ministers on:

  1. Rationalisation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes

  2. Skill Development

  3. Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan 

In addition, it was also decided that the States will set up two taskforces under the leadership of NITI Aayog on:

  1. Agriculture Development

  2. Poverty Elimination

The reports of all the subgroups have been submitted by NITI Aayog to the Prime Minister's Office.