PM Modi meets top economists at NITI Aayog ahead of the EU budget

NEW DELHI: Given concerns about slow economic growth in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met 40 economists and other experts in the state capital on Saturday. The theme of the interactive session, organized by NITI Aayog, was “Economic Policy – The Way Forward”.
The meeting is about to reach the full budget of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for 2019-20 on July 5 at the Lok Sabha. It will be the first full budget of the Modi 2.0 government. Several groups gave lectures on important economic issues, a statement from the Prime Minister said.
The meeting was also attended by Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Rao Inderjeet Singh. Deputy Chairman NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar and senior officials of the Union Government and NITI Aayog were also present.
“During the session, participants in five different groups shared their views on macroeconomics and employment, agriculture and water resources, export, education and health,” the PMO said.
“Lively, lively, constructive and extremely positive discussions with economists and experts on” Economic Policy: The Road to the Future “chaired by Prime Minister @narendramodi at #NITIAayog today,” tweeted the government think tank. The meeting on Saturday is set against the background that the country’s economic growth slows to 5.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018/19 and India is pushing behind China.
The Central Statistical Office also showed that gross domestic product (GDP) for 2018-19 (at 2011-12 prices) was 6.8 per cent at a five-year low, compared to 7.2 per cent GDP growth in 2017- 18th

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