New Delhi, June 15: The prevailing drought situation, water crisis, farm distress and security concerns in the Naxal-affected districts are some of the issues are being discussed at the fifth meeting of NITI Aayog’s Governing Council which is underway under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao also skipped the NITI Aayog meeting, saying he is busy with preparations for the inauguration of an irrigation project in the state.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, however, has refused to attend the meeting, calling it a “fruitless” exercise as NITI Aayog has no financial powers to support state plans.
This is the first meeting of the Niti Aayog since the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance registered a landslide victory in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections.
The Governing Council reviews the action taken on the items in the agenda of the previous meeting and deliberates on the future developmental priorities. The previous or fourth meeting of the council on June 17, 2018 deliberated upon measures taken to double farmers’ income and the progress of the government’s flagship schemes
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, who has been fighting for special category status for the state, plans to stick to his demand at the meeting.