‘Centre, states have to work together for SDGs’

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) National Institute for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog member Bibek Debroy on Tuesday called for coordinated efforts of the central and state governments to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs).

“States and centre have to work together for achievement of sustainable development goals which are extremely important for ensuring inclusive economic growth through social equality of which health is a crucial factor,” he said at the National Consultation on Road to Sustainable Development Goals here.

“If we refer back to human development indices (HDI) for India as reflected in the human development reports, we will find that these were improved due to increase in per capita income and not because of education or health,” he said.

In September 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, which includes a set of 17 sustainable development goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

A press release said that two-day national consultation, particularly focusing on health and education goals, has been organised in coordination of NITI Ayog and UN in India. It will conclude on Wednesday.

Secretary (West) in external affairs ministry, Sujata Mehta said that in adoption of sustainable development goals, India safeguarded the interest of the developing countries by ensuring that they have access to technology.

India’s Chief Statistician T.C.A. Anant said that SDGs were also reflective of India’s aspirations.

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