PM Modi says states in cooperation with state’s can usher in historic changes for the people

In the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Maverick Mamata Banerjee,and her counterparts,Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday  opened the fourth meeting of the NITI Aayog at New Delhi.The WB CM is attending the NITI Aayog’s meet for the  first time. NITI Aayog has replaced The Planning Commission.PM is the ex-0ffico Chair of the high powered panel.
NITI Aayog met to discuss policy matters, centre’s schemes as well
measures to double farmers’ income among among other issues.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal skipped the crucial meeting relating
to rural distress related issues.He along with his three cabinet colleagues are protesting against the government’s alleged attempts to sabotage his welfare schemes through the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory.Making opening remark ,Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked “Team India”
saying “the Governing Council has approached complex issues of governance… in the spirit of cooperative, competitive federalism”. The comment comes in the backdrop of four Chief Ministers extending support to the Delhi Chief Minister  who was  on a sit-in protest at the house of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for almost a week.Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh CM  N Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala’s CM Pinarayi Vijayan and his Karnataka counterpart HD Kumaraswamy met PM Modi on the sidelines of the meeting to seek resolution to what they called a “constitutional crisis.PM assured them to resolve the crisis soon.
Prime Minister Modi said Chief Ministers of states have played a key role in policy formulation  through sub-groups and committees on issues such as Swachh  Bharat Mission, Digital Transactions, and Skill Development.
The day-long fourth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog is being attended by chief ministers, union ministers and top bureaucrats.it discussed policy matters and the centre’s flagship schemes.
“I along with the Hon’ble CMs of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala have requested Hon’ble PM today to resolve the problems of Delhi government immediately,” tweeted Mamata Banerjee.
The four chief ministers, who were denied permission to meet Mr Kejriwal  to meet the Delhi CM in the Rajniwas,  have accused the centre of stoking the crisis and “destroying” the federal structure.”If this is happening in the capital, then what will happen in other states?” Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday.Kejriwal, who is camping out at the waiting room in Lt Governor’s house with his ministers,are demanding an end to a “strike” called by bureaucrats in response to an alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash in February.The Officers’ Association has denied repeatedly that they are on strike.
Lashing out at the four ministers led by the Delhi CM , senior BJP
leader Vijay Goel on Saturday said that the leaders were in the national capital to attend the NITI Aayog meeting and not to do politics. “It doesn’t suit them,” he said.
The sit-in by Kejriwal has become the latest rallying point for opposition parties which felt envigorated following  the  successes in by-elections in many states to wrest power from BJP led
NDA Government at the center.At the meet Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar called for
Special Status for their States. This was the first time Naidu came face-to-face with the Prime Minister after his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) pulled out of National Democratic Alliance in March over the special status issue.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, whose swearing-in ceremony last month had turned into a show of opposition unity, said that he has sought an appointment with the Prime Minister  to discuss the recently formed Cauvery Water Management Authority (CMA) for sharing water with Tamil Nadu and other states.
At today’s meeting, the issues to be discussed include measures taken to double farmers’ income and the progress in flagship schemes. The development agenda for ‘New India 2022’ is expected to be approved in the meeting, according to an official statement.
PM assured the flood affected states of cooperation and assistance.He also appreciated the
States for GST implementation,digital translation.PM informed that national economy is improving and has achieved 7.7 per cent growth.Home Minister Rajnath Singh moderated the discussion.(image – DNA INDIA)

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