In a Consultation held with the States on the 30th November, 2015 at New Delhi the participating States were informed about the functions of the NITI Aayog, and its underlying concepts of Co-operative Federalism, Innovation and Knowledge Hub, Policy/Programme Inputs, Capacity building and Monitoring & Evaluation as it is going to pan out for the new institution which replaced the Planning Commission in January 2015.
Inter alia the participating representatives were also informed that a separate Cell for Hilly and North Eastern States, keeping in view their specific problems and disadvantages, has also been created. This information has been widely welcomed by the mountain states as through various fora, including IMI, this demand for restoring the special consideration for the eleven Indian mountain states had been raised. The IMI, it may be recalled had recently convened a three day Summit at Itanagar, the capital of easternmost mountain state of India.
R.S. Tolia, President of IMI and Council of IMI thanked the Union Government of India and all Chief Ministers of the mountain states of India for duly recognising the specific problems of the eleven mountain states of India and some other mountain regions like Darjeeling and some district of Assam, who face similar disadvantages. The IMI Council is scheduled to meet at New Delhi on the occasion of the International Mountain Day , celebrated all over the world on the 11th December every year and formally thank the Prime Minister of India and all the Chief Ministers of the eleven Indian mountain states for jointly making this happen and accord these disadvantaged regions of the country and their people the rightful recognition, both of their immense contributions to the environment of the country and the disadvantages that they continue to face, more so in this age of Climate Change impacts.
The IMI is organizing a half-day event in New Delhi, at the Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, where the decisions taken at the 4th Sustainable Mountain Summit, at Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh will be shared. Follow-up action will also be discussed, particularly in Disaster Risk Reduction, as resolved at the Itangar Summit. The Council Members of the IMI will also thank the Prime Minister and Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland for the initiative they have taken in highlighting these issues at the various Niti Aayong meetings, held so far, that has led to this major decision, which was not in place even in the erstwhile Planning Commission.