PM Modi attends NITI Aayog's "Economic Policy - The Road Ahead" meeting

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Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with experts and secretaries ahead of the Union Budget.

The key sectors for discussion included macro-economy, agriculture and rural development, employment, health and education, manufacturing and exports.

"The Road Ahead" was also attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other ministers and government functionaries.

The meeting was attended by several Union Ministers including Radha Mohan Singh, R K Singh and NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar, among others. This can be brought about by improving productivity, lowering costs, greater efficiency, giving much greater market access to farmers, making them producers of products rather than commodities.

"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.

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Niti Aayog has set up a task force to examine high frequency employment data. The task force on employment has got numbers which will be released very soon ... these numbers are startling and quite in contrast with Labour Bureau numbers.

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 thanked various participants for their suggestions and observations on various aspects of the economy. "The PM was present for a significant period and showed keen interest in the presentations", said a source who was present in the meeting.

Rajiv Kumar said what emerged clearly out of the meeting was that Prime Minister's call for doubling farmer incomes "is not just a pie in the sky".

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has projected India's growth to slow to 4-year low of 6.5 percent in the current fiscal in the backdrop of introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.