Define Cooperative Federalism. What is the role of NITI Aayog in achieving the goal of cooperative federalism?

Cooperative federalism is a concept of federalism�in which federal, state, and local governments interact cooperatively and collectively to solve common problems.
Government of India has replaced the old�planning commission�started in 1950 with a new institution called NITI Aayog on 1 January 2015.�It works under the chairmanship of Prime Minister. NITI Aayog will seek to provide a critical directional and strategic input into the development process.
Cooperative federalism and NITI Aayog:
NITI Aayog performs following functions which help in achieving cooperative federalism:

  • The institution has to provide governments at the central and state levels with relevant strategic and technical advice
  • Dissemination of best practices from within the country as well as from other nations
  • The infusion of new policy ideas and specific issue-based support
  • To respond to the changing and more integrated world that India is part of
  • Ensure that the economically vibrant middle-class remains engaged, and its�potential is fully realized
  • Incorporate the�significant geo-economic and geo-political strength of the Non-Resident Indian Community
  • Use technology to reduce opacity and potential for misadventures in governance
  • Ensure that India is an active player in the debates and deliberations on the global commons

NITI Aayog will function in close cooperation, consultation and coordination with the Ministries of the Central Government and State governments. It will provide critical directional and strategic input to the development process, focusing on deliverables and outcomes.


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