New Delhi, February 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday stressed the need for a coordinated approach among the states and the Centre to achieve the 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' (self-reliant India) goal. Speaking at the sixth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, the Prime Minister said that ‘ease of doing business and ease of living’ is also among the government's priority to a strong country's economy. He made a strong case for repealing archaic laws for ease of doing business in India and said the centre and states need to work closely to boost economic growth.

Praising the Union Budget 2021-22 which was presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman earlier this month, the Prime Minister said that people have made up their minds about what they want. He stressed on 'zero defect, zero effect' mantra which he gave in August 2014 to Indian entrepreneurs for better products--a direct reference to the need to make things without causing environmental harm.

During his address, the Prime Minister said that 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' campaign is the way to build an India that produces not only for its needs but also for the world, and these productions will also stand the test of world superiority. To achieve the goal, the Prime Minister added there is need for a better coordination among Centre as well as states and increase export.

The Prime Minister stressed on the policy framework and cooperation between the Centre and states, saying "coastal states are a fine example". "Exports from the blue economy have unlimited opportunities. Why shouldn't our coastal states take extra initiatives for the same?" He added saying that India managed to build a good image internationally during the Covid-19 period because the central and state governments worked together for the betterment of people.