“Urban areas will be key in future development and employment generation. Therefore, urban local bodies must be strengthened, and urban planning should be done innovatively,” he said while chairing the national conference of chief secretaries at Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh that concluded on Friday.
He also said that all vacancies across state government departments must be filled. “The states must identify such vacancies under each sector and fill them.”
On the third day of the conference, attended by young district collectors and magistrates as well, sessions on improving access to and quality of higher education and enhancing urban governance through urban planning and municipal finance were held. Discussions were also held on the need for greater Centre-state coordination for ensuring the saturation of government schemes and last-mile delivery and capacity building of civil servants through Mission Karamayogi.
The PM stressed that the Centre and states work together as Team India. The action points and fresh ideas discussed at the conference must be implemented without delay, he said.
Emphasising minimum government and maximum governance, the PM also stressed the need to ensure greater ease of living in India. He said that decriminalisation of minor offences should be taken up in mission mode.
“The states must optimally utilise the GeM portal for purchases made by their departments and local bodies, which would result in time and cost savings,” he added.
He also spoke on the usage of drones in the service industry, such as for the delivery of essential drugs or horticultural products, especially in hilly areas, which would add more economic value to the farmers and service providers.
In order to achieve the goals of the National Education Policy, the Prime Minister said the states must try to integrate anganwadis with primary schools.