Chandrababu Naidu to raise issues at Niti Aayog meet

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New Delhi, June 16 :Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is all set to raise several issues including the refusal to grant ‘special category status’ to his state at the NITI Aayog meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan which is being held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.

This will also be the first time that Naidu will come face-to-face with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the TDP pulled out of the NDA government, in March this year. Naidu will raise the issue of a cash crunch in the ATMs, farmers’ problems including crop insurance scheme, unemployment, traders; insecurity among SC, ST and minorities.

SEveral Opposition chief ministers are also expected to join Naidu in lodging a protest against the PM’s policies

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that he has sought an appointment with the Prime Minister today to discuss the recently formed Cauvery Water Management Authority (CMA).

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s sit-in protest at Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s has also overshadowed the meeting of the NITI Aayog as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh’s N Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan and Karnataka’s HD Kumaraswamy have backed Kejriwal and are seeking PM Modi’s intervention to resolve what they have described as a “constitutional crisis”.

NITI Aayog, the government’s premier policy-making body is deliberating  on the issues of the measures taken to double farmers’ income, the progress of flagship schemes like Ayushman Bharat, National Nutrition Mission and Mission Indradhanush.

The day-long fourth meeting of the Governing Council is expected to discuss crucial policy matters and the centre’s flagship schemes including the celebrations to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the development agenda for ‘New India 2022 is also expected to be  discussed.



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