Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired the 31st interaction through PRAGATI — the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation.
Reviewing the progress of Aspirational District Programme, Prime Minister was informed about dashboard based on 49 performance indicators. Even slow moving indicators like status of nutrition have shown tremendous progress. It was also noted that some districts of Uttar Pradesh have shown impressive growth.
Calling it an act of national service, Prime Minister laid stress on the importance of focussing on education and healthcare of tribal children. He emphasized on the need to decide on timelines to bring the backward districts up to the national average. He also stressed that young officers must be deployed in Aspirational Districts.
Prime Minister was informed about the progress in National Agriculture Market platform.PM asked Transport and Agriculture Ministries to come together to develop an e-model of logistics support for agricultural products.
To tackle stubble burning, PM asked Agriculture Ministry to distribute equipment to farmers of Punjab, Haryana and UP on a priority basis.
Prime Minister reviewed the progress of infrastructure connectivity projects including Katra-Banihal Railway Line. He gave explicit instructions on speedy completion of the project by next year. Several other projects were also discussed.
Prime Minister said that Delhi-Meerut Expressway should be completed by the revised time-line of May 2020.
On the renewable energy front, Prime Minister chaired discussions about the creation of an intra-state transmission system in 8 renewable energy rich states viz. Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. He enquired about difficulties being faced by solar and wind power companies in starting new projects, including in the land acquisition process.