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PM Modi to meet top economists today to discuss growth

SNS | New Delhi |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday interact with leading economists and sector experts from across the country at NITI Aayog.

The group of economists and experts will hold deliberations with the prime minister on ‘Economic Policy: The Road Ahead’ ahead of the union budget on February 1.
The discussion will focus on six broad themes: Macroeconomic Balances, Agriculture and Rural Development, Urban Development, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Employment, Manufacturing and Exports and Health and Education.

The meeting comes days after the Central Statistics Office (CSO) pegged the country’s GDP growth at 6.5 per cent for FY18, the slowest in four years, against 7.1 per cent in the preceding year.

Cabinet ministers including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Road Transport, Highways, Shipping and Ganga Water Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, along with the Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, and senior officials from the government will attend the meeting.

The emphasis is on sharing the views of the experts from all over the country on the road ahead for the economic policy to steer the nation towards a New India envisioned by the Prime Minister.

(With inputs from agencies)