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Modi government to roll out three year action plan
Apr 21, 2017

The Narendra Modi government is readying to embark on a three-year action plan for holistic growth and development of the country prepared by the Niti Aayog after deliberations with states and central ministries. 
The plan will be presented to the governing council of the Aayog on Sunday, after which the government will set the ball rolling for its implementation, officials said. 
Prime Minister Modi, who is the chairman of the Aayog, will chair the meeting that is scheduled to take place after a lag of more than two years. The first meeting of the governing council of the Aayog was held on February 8, 2015. 
The council, with all chief ministers on board, will also discuss the 15-year vision document of the government along with the seven-year development strategy that has been laid down by the Aayog to achieve its vision. 
Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya is expected to brief states on the actions and initiatives taken up by it in the past two years, focusing on the outcome-based monitoring started by the Aayog. It is not clear whether the Aayog will also present its report on poverty since a task force on poverty was set up in the first meeting two years ago. 
Since the government has done away with five-year plans with effect from April 1, officials said it is imperative that the new three-year action plan is put into place at the earliest to guide various central ministries, departments and states to achieve the goal envisaged in the ‘Vision 2030’ document. The 12th Five-Year Plan, which was the last of its kind in the series, was terminated on March 31. 
The government had mandated the Aayog, its premier think tank and policy-making body, to come up with a 15-year vision document for a period up to 2030, which will be coterminus with sustainable development goals. 
The Aayog has also been working on a seven-year strategy starting from 2017-18 to convert the vision document into implementable policy and action as part of the Nation-al Development Agenda. Besides, it has prepared a draft of the three-year action plan for 2017-18 to 2019-20, which will be aligned with the 14th Finance Commission award period. 



The Economic Times