NITI Aayog: PM talks ‘Team India’ amid attacks from chief ministers

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New Delhi, June 17 :Delivering his opening remarks at the Fourth Governing Council meeting of Niti Aayog,Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Council has approached complex issues of governance as “Team India”, in the spirit of cooperative, competitive federalism while non-BJP Chief Ministers continued their attack on PM Modi’s policies.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu  raised the issue of a cash crunch in the ATMs, farmers’ problems including crop insurance scheme, unemployment, traders; insecurity among SC, ST and minorities 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.

Pointing out the slow economic growth,  Naidu said ” economic growth of nation needs to be 8% & major states like Andhra Pradesh should grow at 10-12%.””Andhra Pradesh has been growing at 10.5% during last 4 years, ” he added.

This is the first time that Naidu has  come face-to-face with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the TDP pulled out of the NDA government, in March this year.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee joined Naidu on the issue of 2011 census being adopted by 15th Finance Commission in the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting & requested not to penalise the performing states



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”.

PM assures CMs of flood-affected states

Prime Minister Modi assured chief ministers from flood-affected states that Centre would provide all assistance to them, to deal with flood situation currently affecting parts of the country.

Modi reiterated that Niti Aayong Governing council is a platform that can bring ” historic change”.

Modi said,” India has no shortage of capabilities, capacities and resources. In the current financial year, states are receiving over 11 lakh crore rupees from the centre, which is an increase of about 6 lakh crore rupees, from the last year of the previous government”

Describing the smooth rollout and implementation of GST as a prime example of the spirit of cooperative, competitive federalism in the Niti Aayog, PM said that this gathering today represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of India. It is also the responsibility of this gathering to make all efforts to fulfil them.


The council, the apex body of Niti Aayog, includes all the chief ministers, lieutenant governors of union territories, several union ministers and senior government officials. Home minister Rajnath Singh, Karnataka chief mininister HD Kumaraswamy, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh and Madhya CM Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrived for the NITI Aayog governing council meeting earlier on Saturday.


At the NITI Aayog meet, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath focused on the magnum initiatives taken in agriculture- minimum support price implementation, cane prices, grain purchase, irrigation. He also focussed on health, nutrition, education.



Listing out the achievements of his governments, PM said, ” Gram Swaraj Abhiyan has emerged as a new model for implementation of schemes and has so far been extended to 45,000 villages in the Aspirational Districts.”

“1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres are being constructed under Ayushman Bharat. About 10 crore families will be provided health assurance worth Rs. 5 lakhs every year,”PM said.

Schemes such as Mudra Yojana, Jan Dhan Yojana and Stand Up India, are helping in greater financial inclusion. He emphasized the need for tackling economic imbalances on priority


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