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PM meet with economists, experts; focus on farmer

13 January 2018

Apart from the associated Union Ministers, the meeting was attended by Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman in the NITI Aayog and senior officers from the Union Government and the NITI Aayog. Prime Minister's interaction them focused on finding ways to doubling farmers' income.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attended an interactive session with over 40 economists and other sectors experts here.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with leading economists and the experts across sectors from all over the country at NITI Aayog tomorrow", an official statement said on Tuesday. "Someone said that it is time now to target on job growth", Kumar informed media.

Niti Aayog has set up a task force to examine high frequency employment data. We have done a very large exercise after data analytics and have come out with data in contrast with what the Labour Bureau data show.

Rajiv Kumar, vice-chairman of federal policy think tank NITI Aayog, which organized the discussion, said at a briefing that many experts suggested measures for raising farm productivity, reducing cost of farming and improving market access for farmers.

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The Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman said all the participants unanimously supported the National Medical Commission Bill, which has been referred to a parliamentary committee for scrutiny.

In his intervention, the PM took note of the participants' suggestions and observations on various aspects of the economy.

Various groups interacted amongst themselves and then crystallised their ideas and made presentation before the PM, Kumar said, adding there were experts from all across the country - regional representation, sectoral representation.

According to the latest forecast from the Central Statistics Office, the economy expanded at 6% in the six months ended 30 September and will complete FY18 with a 6.5% growth, implying a 7% expansion in the second half ending 31 March. It was 7.5 percent in 2014-15.

PM meet with economists, experts; focus on farmer