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‘Centre, states should share best social practices’

A series of interactions must be held between states to share each other's best practices, says Arvind Panagriya

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Publish Date: May 23 2016 2:55PM | Updated Date: May 23 2016 2:55PM

‘Centre, states should share best social practices’

Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya on Monday emphasized that Centre and states meeting must be held more frequently to deliberate on outcome of numerous social schemes and sharing the best practices. 

 
In a step aimed at promoting co-operative federalism, NITI Aayog, organised a day-long national conference of states/UTs i national capital to share important practices in the social sector service delivery mechanism. 
 
Speaking at the event, the noted economist said: "We should hold a series of interactions between states to share each other's best practices. The social capital of one state is different from the other, but sharing experiences can help in finding better solutions to various issues like education." 
 
Speaking on education sector in general and primary and secondary education in particular, Panagariya emphasised on criticality of scaling up of such programmes. 
 
"An important issue is scaling. Building successful practices in these sectors on a larger scale is the challenge and we need to address that. Also, while doing this, one needs to keep in mind that it is an organic process with situations different in every state," he added. 
 
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant harped on challenges in primary and secondary education. 
 
“Elementary education  suffers from poor teaching quality and the dropout rate is almost 30 per cent. This needs to be addressed at the earliest. Elementary education is the building block," Kant said. 
 
Kant underlined need for vocational programmes in secondary education, where the dropout rate is almost 40 per cent. 
 
"A sense of direction to the student is very important. Especially for underprivileged sections, vocational education programmes during school years prepare them for the life ahead," Kant, the former DIPP secretary said.