"The Governor has been invited to attend the first meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog at Delhi on February 8, which will be chaired by the Prime Minister," a spokesman of Raj Bhawan said.

In this direction, the Governor held an extensive discussions to identify the contours of the state government's approach to the proposed operational framework of the NITI Aayog, which has replaced the erstwhile Planning Commission.

The officers highlighted the special concerns of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the context of the huge resource gap in funding the annual plans and the need for long term planning for the balanced development of the state.

"It was felt that any strategic planning for J&K's development should factor in the availability of the state's natural resources and skill sets with innovative and sustained capacity building efforts to harness its full potential," he said.
While undertaking any planning exercise need for imparting the requisite flexibility to the state for meeting its requirements was emphasised, the spokesperson added.
It was also noted that, any planning for J&K’s growth must reckon the higher cost of delivery of public services in the state and, besides, the missing multiplier effect in view of the inadequate local capacities, the spokesman said.

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