"Panagariya called upon the states to seriously consider reforms in agriculture and in the factor markets – land and labour. He assured them of all possible assistance from NITI Aayog in this endeavor", NITI Aayog said in a release.

Among others, NITI members Bibek Debroy and Ramesh Chandra, CEO Sindhushree Khullar, Chief Secretaries of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Mizoram were present. Planning and Finance Secretaries of States and officials of NITI Aayog also participated in the meeting.
It also stressed that the 14th Finance Commission has significantly enhanced devolution of resources to states and this means more responsibility in exercising policy choices. The release further said that taking the spirit of cooperative federalism forward, NITI Aayog has been regularly engaging with states, particularly during the meetings of the sub-group of chief ministers.
"However, a need was felt for a broad based consultation on the states' expectation of the role NITI should play in the future", said the release.
In the meeting, three broad thematic areas that were taken up for discussion include role of NITI Aayog to foster cooperative federalism; rationalisation of CSS and its implications for the states and challenges in the budgeting exercise for the 015-16 and planning for FY 2016-17.

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