‘Need for better coordination between centre, states’

New Delhi, Feb 20 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made a strong case for repealing archaic laws and making it easier to do business in India, stating that the centre and states need to work closely to boost economic growth.
Addressing the sixth Governing Council meeting of Niti Aayog, the Prime Minister said that the private sector should be given full opportunity to become a part of government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat programme.
The whole country succeeded when the state and the central government worked together during the coronavirus pandemic, he said, adding that “the basis of the country’s progress is cooperative federalism and today’s meeting is to brainstorm to make it more meaningful and move towards competitive cooperative federalism.” Modi said there is a need to bring competitive cooperative federalism not only among states but districts too. The Prime Minister also underlined the need for reducing compliance burden and repealing obsolete laws. He asked the states to form committees to reduce regulations which are no longer relevant in the wake of technology growth. Observing that the positive response received on the Union Budget for 2021-22 expressed the mood of the nation, he said, “the country has made up its mind, wants to move fast and does not want to waste time.” Modi further said that the private sector of the country is coming forward with more enthusiasm in this development journey of the country.
“As a government, we also have to honour this enthusiasm, the energy of the private sector, and give it as much opportunity in the AatmaNirbhar Bharat campaign,” he added. The campaign, he said, “is the way to develop an India that produces not only for its own needs but also for the world and this production also stands the test of the world.” Modi said that the initiatives taken by the government would provide opportunity to everyone to participate in nation building to its full potential.

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