On the naxalite menace, the prime minister said the battle against naxal violence was now in its decisive phase and it would be dealt with firmly even as development proceeded in a fast-paced and balanced manner.
PM Narendra Modi
chairs the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, in New Delhi | PTI
PM Modi said the goal of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024 was "challenging, but achievable" with the concerted efforts of the states. The meeting is being attended by all chief ministers, except Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal) and K Chandrashekhar Rao (Telangana), and senior union ministers.
PM Modi, according to an official release, stressed that NITI Aayog had a key role to play in fulfilling the mantra of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas".
Recalling the recent general elections as the world's largest democratic exercise, the prime minister said that it was now time for everyone to work for the development of India. He spoke of a collective fight against poverty, unemployment, drought, flood, pollution, corruption and violence.
Modi stressed that states should recognise their core competence and work towards raising GDP targets right from the district level.
The prime minister also added that the newly-created Jal Shakti Ministry
will help provide an integrated approach to water and states can also integrate various efforts towards water conservation and management.