NITI Aayog holds regional consultation meeting of the Task Force on Elimination of Poverty in India in Jaipur
OREANDA-NEWS. April 25, 2016. In the first meeting of the Governing
Council of NITI Aayog held under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister on 8th
February, 2015 it was decided to constitute a Task Force in NITI Aayog on
Elimination of Poverty in India under the Chairmanship of Dr. Arvind
Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog. It was also decided that parallel Task
Forces on Poverty Elimination will be constituted by each State. Accordingly, a
Task Force on Elimination of Poverty in India was constituted by NITI Aayog on
16th March, 2015. The Task Force of NITI Aayog held three meetings
and interacted with experts in the field including NGOs.
The states were required to submit
their respective Task Force report to NITI Aayog as an input for preparing the
Task Force Report on Elimination of Poverty in India.
Based on the work of the NITI Aayog’s
Task Force on Elimination of Poverty in India and inputs provided in the
States’ Task Force reports, an occasional paper on ‘Eliminating Poverty:
Creating Jobs and Strengthening Social Programs’ has been posted on official
website of NITI Aayog (www.niti.gov.in)
on 21st March 2016. This paper forms the basis of regional
consultation meetings to prepare a roadmap for elimination of poverty in the
The regional consultation meeting for
Western and Northern States/UTS was held in Jaipur today. The States/UTs that
participated in this meeting include- Gujarat, Maharashtra,
Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
In the meeting, the discussions were
held on broadly four issues:
(i) Measurement of poverty and identification of beneficiary households
- Issues relating to tracking progress in poverty reduction
- Use of SECC-2011 data for identification of beneficiary households
(ii) Strategies for employment-intensive sustainable rapid growth of the economy
- Primarily focus was on generation ofincreased employment opportunities in industrial and services sector.
(iii) Ways to make anti-poverty programs more effective
- Possible modifications, use of technology and JAM trinity
(iv) Innovative poverty reduction program of the State/UT that has been developed.
The States agreed with the view of
NITI Aayog on poverty line that it should be used for tracking progress in
poverty reduction and not for identification of poor to provide benefit under
welfare schemes. Gujarat opined that poverty is a multidimensional concept and
shared its life cycle and area based approach to be followed to combat poverty.
It briefed about some of its best practices which have been successful in
addressing the poverty in the state such as Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana, Sagarkhedu
Sarvangi Vikas Yojana, Krishi Mahotsava and Garib Kalyan Mela. One of the
innovative model worth consideration for replicating in other states was that
of rehabilitation of slum dwellers. This has reduced slum population
drastically from 2001 to 2011 in Gujarat. However it raised concern that more
and more children are going for private schools but they are not covered under Mid-Day
Meal Scheme to provide nutritional support to children. Maharashtra flagged
that managerial issues of MGNREGS should be looked into. They opined that there
should be common MIS for all rural development schemes addressing poverty to
leverage optimal resource utilization. Rajasthan highlighted that its
communitization has brought paradigm shift in poverty alleviation wherein all
interventions in Rajeevika are led by women resource persons from the
community. It stressed that capacity development at least to block level
functionaries need urgent attention as large amount of resources are being
dealt at this level. Haryana is adopting Poly house model to boosting the
productivity of exotic flowers and vegetables in view of small land holdings.
This is helping farmers to move away from water intensive paddy crop in the
state. The participating states particularly Maharashtra and Rajasthan wanted the
issue of watershed development to be looked into and some remedial measures on
availability of drinking water may be taken up by NITI Aayog. All the states
raised concern over quality of education in government schools.