Modi pushes for ‘Amrit Kaal’ of federalism

It is necessary to deliver, perform, reform, and transform: PM Modi

By K.S. Tomar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two days visit to Dharamshala, the headquarters of spiritual leader Dalai Lama in the picturesque Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh was aimed at formulating India’s roadmap for 2047.

It was the first of its kind of direct interaction between PM Modi and chief secretaries of all states and union territories. They discussed the roadmap of strengthening the partnership between the Centre and the states thereby building a shared vision for “Amrit Kaal.”

PM Modi had used the word “Amrit Kaal” for the first time in 2021 during the 75th Independence Day celebrations while unveiling a new roadmap for the country for the next twenty-five years. Modi had said that the purpose of Amrit Kaal was to narrow down the divide in development between villages and cities, reduce the government’s interference in people’s lives, improve the lives of the citizens of India and embrace the latest technology which was mandatory for any country.

The chief secretaries’ conference held indoor discussions for two days which veered around the important and relevant themes that went beyond the periphery of the country. The deliberations pertained to the execution of a new national educational policy, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Roadmap to 2047, achieving self-sufficiency in pulses, Agri-commodities, oilseeds, and inspirational districts program.

Some of the states presented their detailed strategies for ‘Atmanirbhar Kirshi’ and digital mission in farming sectors in the country. PM Modi’s initiative – Gatishakti was highlighted at the conference. The project stresses the need for center-state coordination and relations for driving India’s infrastructure growth story.

Emphasizing his resolve to achieve the target of having a $5 trillion economy, PM Modi asked every state to recognize its strength and define a target that is crucial for the future of India. Modi appreciated the extensive deliberations by chief secretaries which will go a long way in laying out the roadmap for all the sectors having a fruitful connection with the development and progress of our nation.

Modi urged all state governments and union territories to fill all vacancies in different departments, corporations, etc. in a mission mode. He also stressed the need for improving the usage of technology in all government schemes and programs besides creating interoperability of data sets of the Centre and states. In order to achieve the goals of the National Education Policy, the prime minister said the states must try to integrate Anganwadis with primary schools.

After careful deliberation, suggestions were put forth to work in the areas of agriculture, education, and urban governance at the conference. A collaborative exercise between the Centre and the states will be taken forward by firming up the roadmap for these three sectors through NITI Aayog’s governing council meeting. “New ideas and actionable points must be taken forward, incubated, and institutionalized,” Modi instructed.

Modi stressed that the Centre and states work together as Team India. Emphasizing minimum government and maximum governance, Modi felt the need to ensure greater ease of living in India. Modi insisted that states must optimally utilize the GeM portal, the digital market initiative by the union government, for purchases made by their departments and local bodies, which would result in time and cost savings.

Modi was welcomed by thousands of local residents as he put up a massive roadshow en route to the Chief Secretaries’ Conference. Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh are due later this year.

(The writer is a senior journalist based in Shimla, India)

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