Agriculture, employment on PM's economic panel's agenda

Agriculture, employment on PM's economic panel's agenda

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) continued deliberations on employment generation and boosting economic growth during its third meeting on Wednesday.

Taking forward the agenda of the last meeting held in November -- when it chalked out a road map for stepping up skill development and job creation in the social sector -- the Council, headed by NITI Aayog Member Bibek Debroy, focused on growth in agriculture and rural sectors this time around.

During the meeting, NITI Aayog Member Ramesh Chand made out a case for enhancing agricultural productivity, income and pro-employment growth in agriculture and allied sectors, a statement said.

Rural Development Secretary Amarjeet Sinha made a presentation on "Mission Antyodaya for Poverty Free Panchayats".

Rathin Roy and Surjit Bhalla, both part-time members of the Council, presented an update on the "Economy Track Monitor" which strives to link economic growth indicators with social indicators.

The Council had, in the last meeting, stressed on the need to link the two and said it was evolving the design for a new "economy tracking monitor" to do that.

During the meeting, Officer on Special Duty in the EAC-PM Kishore Desai also made a presentation on trade related issues.

--IANS

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