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Meetings Of Governing Council

The Governing Council of NITI

National Institution for Transforming India or NITI Aayog was constituted on 1 January, 2015, to serve as the think tank of the Government of India with a Cabinet resolution. 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 issued by Cabinet Secretariat.


So far, four meetings of the Council have been held under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Prime Minister with the Chief Ministers/ Lt. Governors of the States/ UTs and other members of NITI Aayog.


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


The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog as a platform to inspire cooperative federalism, stressing 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 USD five trillion economy by 2024.


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


Welcoming the constructive discussion and suggestions made by various Chief Ministers, the 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. Rain-Water 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:

    1. Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act

    2. Essential Commodities Act (ECA)  

  5. Security Related Issues with Specific Focus On LWE Districts


The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of the States towards water conservation and urged all States to streamline and implement innovative water management measures. 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 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. To achieve the goal of becoming a five trillion dollar economy by 2024, the Prime Minister urged States to aim to increase their economy by 2 to 2.5 times, which would also increase the common man’s purchasing power. He called upon Chief Ministers to study their State's export potential and work on export promotion.


The Prime reiterated that 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. Through the day, the Council held discussions on:

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

    1. e-National Agriculture Market

    2. Soil Health Cards

    3. Rural / Agricultural Haat/ Gramin Agricultural Markets (GrAM)

    4. MGNREGs and its contribution towards water conservation

  2. Progress made under the flagship schemes of the government,

    1. Ayushman Bharat

    2. Poshan Mission

    3. Mission Indradhanush

  3. Steps taken to address 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 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 development outcomes and achieve double-digit growth for India. He called upon States to fix growth targets for their economies as the world looks towards India soon becoming a USD 5 trillion economy. He advised the States to pay special attention to expanding their exports and attracting export oriented investment while organizing their investments summits and events.

The 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 explore opportunities 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 115 Aspirational Districts by August 15th, 2018.  He urged States to identify '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 Secretariat, New Delhi.

Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog made a presentation on a 15 year term 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 of farmers’ income, touching upon areas such as irrigation, technology generation and dissemination, policy and market reforms, e-NAM, livestock productivity etc.

The 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 planned and sustainable utilization of funds like the District Mineral Fund and the CAMPA Fund by the States, as per requirements of individual States, etc.

Second meeting: 15 July 2016


The second meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held on July 15, 2015. The 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 Prime Minister said 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.

The Prime Minister 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


The first meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog was held on 8th February, 2015 where 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 – Team India – can come together to resolve differences, and chart a common course to progress and prosperity.

In the spirit of cooperative federalism, therefore, the Governing Council had decided that the NITI Aayog would constitute three major Sub-Groups of Chief Ministers:


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

  1. Agriculture Development
  2. Poverty Elimination

The reports of all the sub-groups have been submitted by the NITI Aayog to the Prime Ministers Office. The Sub-Group of Chief Ministers meet helped arrive at a consensus on many contentious issues, not only for the States represented in the Sub-Groups, but even the others through regional meetings, consultations, etc.