Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the challenge before the Indian economy is to achieve a double-digit growth rate.

During his opening remarks at the fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, in Rashtrapati Bhawan Cultural Centre, Modi said that the Indian economy has grown at a healthy rate of 7.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017-2018. 


He added that the challenge now is to take this growth rate to double digit, for which many more important steps have to be taken, an official statement said.

Issues on the agenda of the meeting include doubling of farmers' income, development of aspirational districts, Ayushman Bharat, Mission Indradhanush, Nutrition Mission and celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.


Ayushman Bharat

The Prime Minister said that 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres are being constructed under Ayushman Bharat. He said about 10 crore families will be provided health assurance worth Rs 5 lakh every year.

He said a comprehensive approach is being adopted for education, under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan. The Prime Minister also said that schemes such as Mudra Yojana, Jan Dhan Yojana and Stand Up India, are helping in greater financial inclusion.

He emphasised on the need for tackling economic imbalances on priority.

Gram Swaraj Abhiyan 

Modi noted that the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan has emerged as a new model for the implementation of schemes. He said that this has so far been extended to 45,000 villages in the Aspirational Districts.

He said that the target is universal coverage in seven important welfare schemes: Ujjwala, Saubhagya, Ujala, Jan Dhan, Jeevan Jyoti Yojana, Suraksha Bima Yojana, and Mission Indradhanush. This target was recently accomplished in about 17,000 villages. 

He said that in the current financial year, states are receiving over 11 lakh crore rupees from the Centre, which represents an increase of about 6 lakh crore rupees, from last year of the previous government.

The Prime Minister said that Chief Ministers of States had played a key role in policy formulation, through sub-groups and committees on issues such as Swachh Bharat Mission, Digital Transactions, and Skill Development. The recommendations of these sub-groups have been incorporated by various Ministries of the Union Government, he added.