Cooperative Federalism Current Affairs - 2019
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Third edition of Women Transforming India Awards to be organized by Government think- tank NITI Aayog on 16th December. On this occasion NITI Aayog will also launch the upgraded portal of Women Entrepreneurship Platform. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will present the awards to the women. The theme for this year awards is – ‘Women and Entrepreneurship’ and 15 winners have been selected.
Women Transforming India Awards
The awards were launched in 2016 to recognize the exceptional women who are working hard and making difference in lives of others. It invites the stories of women entrepreneurs from the country, who are doing innovative work to address the key development challenges and impacting the communities.
The nominations of the awards were opened on the launch of Women Entrepreneurship Platform in March this year. The event will include panel discussions consists of entrepreneurs, investors, and experts.
National Institution for Transforming India was launched on 1st January 2015 to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and enhance cooperative federalism by increasing involvement of states in the policy making process. The initiative consists of 5 years road map plan and 7 years vision, strategy and action plan. NITI Aayog replaced the 65 years old Planning Commission of India.
Functions of NITI Aayog
- To enhance the involvement of States in decision making process by fostering cooperative federalism.
- To promote innovation, knowledge and entrepreneurial support system through a collaborative community of national and international experts.
- Incorporating National security in economic strategy and policy.
- To maintain state-of-the-art resource center for best practices in sustainable and equitable development and promote good governance.
- Formulate the strategies at village level and integrate these at higher levels of government.
- To work towards the technology up-gradation for implementation of policies.
- The design framework for strategic and long-term policies and monitor their progress.
Board of NITI Aayog
The board consists of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Ex-Officio members, Chief Executive Officer, Special Invitees, Full time members and Governing Council.
Chairperson – The Prime Minister of India
Vice Chairperson – Rajiv Kumar
Chief Executive Officer – Amitabh Kant
Governing Council – All Chief minister of Stated and LG of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Special Invitees.
The fourth meeting of Governing Council of National Institute of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog was held under the chairmanship Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. It was attended by 23 Chief Ministers and Lieutenant Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, apart from Union Ministers, who are ex-officio members and special invitees.
Governing Council of NITI Aayog
The Governing Council is apex body of NITI Aayog tasked with evolving shared vision of national development priorities, sectors and strategies with the active involvement of States in shaping development narrative of the country. It is chaired by Prime Minister and comprises of Chief Ministers of all States and Union Territories with Legislatures and Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and four Union Ministers as ex-officio members and three Union Ministers as Special Invitees. Governing Council embodies NITI Aayog’s objectives of cooperative federalism, presents platform to discuss inter-sectoral, inter-departmental and federal issues in order to accelerate implementation of national development agenda.
The first Meeting was held in February 2015 at which Prime Minister laid down key mandates of NITI Aayog such as fostering cooperative federalism and addressing national issues through active participation of States. The second Meeting was held July 2015 and third meeting in April 2017, which laid down milestones in shaping country’s development agenda through strategy and vision documents.