“Focused skill development is vital and India has the potential to fulfill global requirement of human resources in future” – Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked NITI Aayog to prepare a vision document containing a road-map for India’s development for the next 15 years to bring transformational changes.

Stating that time for incremental change is long over, Modi called for a roadmap to lay the foundation for the country’s growth over the 21st century.

Interacting with members of the NITI Aayog, he said the need of the hour is transformational change. He highlighted the importance of technology as an emerging driver of change over the last three decades, and asserted that this pace of change would not slacken.

The government, he said, has “the courage and the ability to deliver transformational change for bettering the lives of the people”.

Stating that policy-makers have historically lamented constraints rather than play to strengths, he said judicious and intelligent application of India’s natural and human resources would be at the heart of the change. Modi said partnership with states for promoting development and boosting exports is not just an element of cooperative federalism, but also the need of the hour.”Prime Minister said I am a person who does experiment and I have confidence,” NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya told reporters after a meeting with Modi on Vision Document.

NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant said: “Prime Minister has stressed transformational changes rather than having incremental changes. He said that we need to win the war of policies and chase things according to the changing (technology) World.”

When asked whether the Vision Document will be approved by the NITI Aayog Governing Council, Panagariya said no decision has been taken on this. The Council is headed by the Prime Minister with all Chief Ministers on its board. As per earlier practice, 5 year plans were approved by National Development Council, headed by PM.

Talking about human resource development, he draw attention toward need to push skill development in the country, he said: “We should skill people keeping in mind the requirement of industry in 2030”. We should focus on creating opportunities and not just jobs. He also said: “Focused skill development is vital, as India has the potential to fulfill the global requirement of human resources in the future.”

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