Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said the goal of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024 is “challenging but achievable”.
He said the target of turning India a $5 trillion economy by 2024 can surely be achieved with concerted efforts by all states, which should recognise their core competence, and work towards raising GDP targets right from the district level.
Modi spoke at the fifth meeting of policy think-tank NITI Aayog’s Governing Council in New Delhi.
As several parts of India face drought-like situation, Modi called for effective steps to tackle it by adopting ‘per-drop, more-crop’ strategy.
This was the first time Modi addressed the government’s policy think-tank since being sworn in as prime minister on May 30 for a second straight term after leading his Bharatiya Janata Party to a landslide victory in parliamentary elections.
He said the newly-created Jal Shakti Ministry—by merging water resources and some other related ministries—will help provide an integrated approach to water, and the states can also integrate various efforts towards water conservation and management.
The meeting is being attended by all chief ministers, except Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal) and K Chandrashekhar Rao (Telangana), and senior federal ministers.
Modi, according to an official release, recalled the recent general elections in India as the world’s largest democratic exercise and said it is now time for everyone to work for the development of India.
He also spoke of a collective fight against poverty, unemployment, drought, flood, pollution, corruption and violence.