States Coordination & Decentralized Planning
1. Matters handled related to Ministry of Panchayati Raj Ministry of Law & Justice
- A Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog to examine the existing schemes of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj as well as the proposal on Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA). Report of the Committee was finalized in May, 2017.
- Draft proposal from the Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) for Technical Assistance loan to Ministry of Panchyati Raj for the purpose of the capacity Building of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) from World Bank was examined and comments offered to Ministry of External Affairs.
- Recognizing the need for preparation of a Strategy Paper aiming at creating employment and growth in Panchayati Raj by 2022, a working group was constituted related to Panchayati Raj under the Chairmanship of Shri Meenakshisundrum, Chairman, MYRADA and after discussions in the Working Group, the recommendation for the Development Agenda for New India @ 75 for Panchayati Raj were finalized.
- Inter-Ministerial Consultations under the Chairmanship of Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog Mr. Ratan P. Wzatal and Co-Chaired by Secretary to PM and Law Secretary to finalize the Rules for the Tribunals, Appellate Tribunal and other Authorities and Inclusion of Institutions/Authorities u/s 187 read with Eighth Schedule of Finance Act, 2017 were held.
- Revised EFC Memorandum from the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice on the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) for Development of Infrastructure Facilities for Judiciary was examined and comments furnished.
- Revised Draft Cabinet Note from Legislative Deptt., Ministry of Law & Justice for amending the law under Specific Rules Act, 1963 relating to certain kinds of specific Relief granted for enforcing Civil Rights was examined and comments offered.
- NITI Aayog contributed constructively in the deliberations of and discharge of the duties assigned to important committees of the Ministries, namely Empowered Committee in the Department of Justice, Central Executive Committee (CEC) on Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) and the Committee constituted the Chairmanship of Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog to examine the existing schemes of the Ministry of Panchyati Raj as well as the proposal of MoPR on RGSA.
- Outcome Budget of the Ministry of Law&Justice and Ministry of Panchayati Raj was finalized.
2. Governing Council Meeting
3rd Meeting of the Governing Council of National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi on 23rd April, 2017 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister. 27 Chief Ministers of States/UTs attended the meeting.
3. Promotion of Digital/Cashless Society
Organized Celebration of Ambedkar Jayanti and culmination of the 100th Day of the Digi Dhan Mela on 14th April, 2017 at Nagpur, Maharashtra.
4. Research Study
A study was awarded to National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) through Dr. M.Govind Rao, Member, FFC regarding “Central Transfers to States in India: rewarding performance while ensuring equity”. Dr. Rao submitted the final report of the study in August, 2017.
5. Special Plans
Special Assistance was provided to the State Govts. of Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar during 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 from Demand Nos. 37, 32 and 40 of the Union Budgets respectively for completion of ongoing projects being undertaken under the under Special Plans for KBK of Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar as per details given under :
The Special Plan for KBK Districts of Odisha, Special Plans for Bihar and Special Plan for West Bengal were being implemented under the State Component of Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) till 2014-15. As the BRGF became a part of the devolution, no funds were allocated for the scheme under the Union Budgets from 2015-16 onwards. Financial and Physical progress reports along Utilization Certificates received time to time from the State Govts. of Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar under the Special Plans are examined and the recommendations of NITI Aayog are sent to the Ministry of Finance for consideration of allocation of funds from Special Assistance for completion of ongoing projects.
6. District Innovation Fund
Due to non-utilization of the funds recommended by the 13th Finance Commission under the District Innovation Fund, DIF was discontinued under 14th Finance Commission. A Group of Secretaries made a presentation on ‘Governance’ before Hon’ble Prime Minister and recommended that District Innovation Fund has to be created to foster innovations in Governance and the allocation under District Innovation Fund may be increased from earlier Rs. 1 Crore to Rs. 5 Crore per District. In the follow up action, a meeting of all State Finance Secretaries and Department of Expenditure under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (States Coordination) was held to deliberate upon in details the reasons for poor Utilization of Funds (under DIF) by the Districts and the issues involved with it. After the discussions, the Guidelines for the District Innovation Fund (DIF) are being finalized.