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No state sought farm laws’ repeal at Saturday’s meet: Niti Aayog VC




None of the states which participated in the sixth meeting of the governing council of Niti Aayog demanded repeal of the farm laws and the discussions centred around issues. This linked to the farm sector, vice chairman of the think tank Rajiv Kumar stated.

“I can assure you that nobody discussed the farm laws at today’s meeting,” Kumar told a news conference after the end of the meeting. He said several states talked about the farm but none of the states demanded that the three farm laws repealed.

He added states such as Sikkim and Bihar said they are farm dependant states. Similarly they wanted measures to improve the state of the sector.

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said issues linked to the farm sector that discussed included aligning cropping systems to agro climatic conditions. This at the district level for optimum utilisation, promoting water conservation, diversification towards nutri cereals. Similarly pulses, horticulture, fishers and animal husbandry, food processing, agro based industries and exports. He said the meeting focussed on national development agenda and the need for growth.

Kumar said CM’s of Punjab, Gujarat, Telangana and West Bengal couldn’t attend the meeting. Similarly e said Bihar CM Nitish Kumar urged for a port in Odisha as his state landlocked.

The council deliberated on steps to make India a manufacturing hub. Includes reducing compliance burden, initiating reforms at state level, improving logistics, promoting exports through district-level competition and creating jobs.

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