New Delhi, Jun 21 : Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday sought the states' cooperation in shaping the country's growth trajectory, saying no goals can be achieved if states and the Centre do not work together in cohesion.
'The Centre has the responsibility of setting the direction of the economic growth while it is the responsibility of the states to implement in the field,' Ms Sithraman said while presiding over the pre-Budget meetings with state Finance Ministers here.
The Minister said no goals can be achieved if states and the Centre do not work together in cohesion.
She said the share of states in tax devolution has increased from 32 per cent under 13th Finance Commission to 42 per cent in 14th Finance Commission during the first tenure of the present government.
Ms Sitharaman, however, sought the cooperation of all the states and union territories in achieving the aspirations of the people at large and extended full cooperation from her side in achieving the desired goals.
Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur, Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, Expenditure Secretary GC Murmu, Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey and officials from Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and Central Board of Indirect taxes and Customs (CBIC) were also present. (UNI)