KCR to boycott Niti Aayog Governing Council meeting tomorrow

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Hyderabad, Aug 6 : Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday decided to boycott the 7th Governing Council Meeting of Niti Aayog scheduled to be held in New Delhi on Sunday in protest against Centre’s alleged discrimination against states.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will Chair the Niti Aayog’s meeting to discuss issues related to agriculture, education and economy.

Chief Ministers, Lieutenant Governors of Union territories, Union Ministers, members and Vice-Chairman of Niti Aayog will attend the meeting, which is being held in-person for the first time since 2019.

The first such meeting was held in February 2015 and it was not held in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a hard hitting worded letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, KCR said ‘ I am staying away from the meeting as a mark of strong protest against the present trend of the Central government to discriminate against the states and not treating them as equal partners in our collective effort to make India a strong and developed country.

“I may affirm that Niti Aayog was started with an objective of cooperative federalism recognizing that strong states make a strong nation, but after seven years of its functioning, it is now clear that this explicit objective was observed more in ‘breach,” the Chief Minister said.

The Centre’s actions show that the initiative has gone ‘astray’ as states are not included as equal partners in the national development agenda, he said.

The rigmarole of Niti Aayog meetings leave little scope for a meaningful dialogue, as participating Chief Ministers are given hardly a few minutes to speak and express their views, thereby not giving any scope to discuss anything in detail, he said in the letter to Modi.

‘Because of no planning and no spirit of cooperative federalism’, the country is passing through a most difficult phase with unprecedented problems of falling rupee value, high inflation, skyrocketing prices and increasing unemployment coupled with low economic growth, KCR said.

These issues impact people’s lives and are causing a lot of concern to the nation but these are not discussed in NITI Ayog meetings, he pointed out.

“I find the Union government a ‘silent spectator’ to this emerging serious scenario, often resorting to jugglery of words playing on people’s emotions”, he alleged.


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