Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, who chaired the second meeting of the governing council of Niti Aayog, said that the Center and states must move together to end poverty.
Modi said the political deadlock over Land Acquisition is seriously impacting rural development, including the creation of schools, hospitals, roads and irrigation projects. He reiterated that as far as paying enhanced compensation is concerned, there are no differences in the stands of the Centre and States.
Reiterating the vision of his government that state units should be the focus of all development efforts, as part of 'Team India', Modi recalled that the chief ministers had always felt that development policies at the Center should be framed in consultation with the states. Modi said that the last one year had been a good beginning, with states being taken on board in the planning process and the chief ministers taking the lead in sub-groups of the Niti Aayog.
Modi said that after formation of his government, several states had raised concerns with regard to the implementation of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. He said many states had felt that development work was suffering due to the provisions of the 2013 Act; and some chief ministers had requested for changes in the Act, and sent letters to this effect.
The Prime Minister said that the ordinance was brought about in response to these development concerns of the states and also to ensure that farmers continue to receive their legitimate due. 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.
He said the matter is now before the Parliamentary Standing Committee and, therefore, ahead of the upcoming Parliament Session, it was appropriate that the suggestions of the states be listened to, once again.
Concluding the meeting, Modi thanked the chief ministers for their participation and said that their suggestions would be welcomed.