NITI Aayog team held detailed discussions on central assistance to Uttar Pradesh with a delegation led by the State Health Minister, Sidharth Nath Singh in the capital on Feb. 13. Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Rajiv Kumar and CEO, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant took part in the deliberations with Uttar Pradesh ministers of agriculture, energy, finance, women and child development and human resource development along with the Advisers and officers of NITI Aayog.

The discussions were focused around issues related to central assistance worth Rs 38,000 crore requested by the Government of Uttar Pradesh. Expressing optimism with regard to Uttar Pradesh’s forwarding looking development path, Rajiv Kumar, hailed UP’s progress in schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Grameen), saying that it has potential to transform the villages in UP.

He emphasized the need to focus on areas within UP such as Bundelkhand. CEO ,NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant  will hold a meeting next week to discuss various issues related to Bundelkhand. Also on the agenda will be performance of UP in utilizing dedicated funds for development of the region. Terming the meeting as satisfactory, UP Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said that NITI Aayog has played a key role as a partner in the development of Uttar Pradesh. It has also been a forum for listening to the grievances of the state. He lauded the efforts of the NITI Aayog to ensure that funds are allotted for the upcoming Kumbh Mela 2018.

Other issues which figured in the talks were those related to MSME & Export Promotion, Health & Family Welfare, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Social Welfare, Urban and Rural Development, Education and Minority Welfare.

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