Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today chaired his 31st interaction through PRAGATI with Union Secretaries of various Ministries and Chief Secretaries of States/UTs.
Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam also participated in the video conference.
Prime Minister reviewed 9 projects related to 16 states and the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
Prime Minister reviewed the progress of infrastructure connectivity projects including Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project. He gave explicit instructions on speedy completion of the project by next year.
Reviewing the progress of Aspirational District Programme, Prime Minister was informed about dashboard based on 49 performance indicators including the best practices in grafted Walnut and High Density Apple Plantation in District Kupwara. Calling it an act of national service, Prime Minister emphasized on the need to decide on timelines to bring the backward districts up to the national average. He also stressed that young officers must be deployed in Aspirational Districts.
Prime Minister was informed about the progress in National Agriculture Market platform which has helped in better price discovery. E-payments are now being made directly into the account of farmers. Progress in development of two integrated e-Mandis in Jammu & Kashmir was also reviewed.
Prime Minister directed that based on e-models of demand aggregation, Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways and Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare should work together on a new start-up model of logistics support, particularly with regard to transfer of agricultural products from one state to another. He said that all the states must come together and use a common, integrated platform for smooth operation.
Prime Minister desired that long delayed projects should be expedited by the respective state governments. He directed that regular reports on the progress of such projects be sent to his office.