New Delhi: At a key meeting of government think-tank Niti Aayog on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked “Team India” and said, “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 Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal who has been on a sit-in protest at the house of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for almost a week.
While welcoming the chief ministers and other delegates from across the nation, the Prime Minister reiterated that the Governing Council is a platform that can bring about “historic change.”
On the sidelines of the meeting, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu met PM Modi. “I along with the CMs of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala have requested PM Modi to resolve the problems of Delhi government immediately,” said Mamata Banerjee.
PM Modi said that the NITI Aayog Governing Council has approached complex issues of governance as “Team India”, in the spirit of cooperative, competitive federalism. -Agencies
When adversaries smile! Modi, Mamata, Naidu, HDK meet like close ‘buddies’
Highly critical of each other on public platforms, head of states are often seen meeting each other with grace. An example of this was seen on Sunday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on the sidelines of NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal skips the meeting
Kejriwal, who is camping out at the waiting room in Lt Governor’s house with three of his ministers, have skipped the meeting. They are demanding an end to a ‘strike’ called by bureaucrats in response to an alleged assault on Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash in February.
When Andhra CM NAIDU exceeded the time limit
New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu was locked in an interesting exchange with Union minister Rajnath Singh at a Niti Aayog meeting, where the former reiterated his demand for special status to his state.
Making a presentation before PM Modi, fellow chief ministers and several Union ministers, Naidu exceeded the 7-minute slot allotted for participants.
Sources in Naidu’s office said that when Rajnath Singh tried to point this out to the Andhra CM, he reportedly quipped, ‘Mine is a special state with special problems. I will take more time.’ Naidu then went onto speak for 20 minutes, sources added.
New India 2022 doc will be ready in a month: NITI Aayog
- NITI Aayog said on Sunday that development agenda for ‘New India 2022’ would be finalised in a month or so after seeking comments from states. The government think tank has been working on the strategy document for a while. ‘Developed agenda for New India 2022 is still being revised. It was not presented in Sunday’s NITI’s Governing Council meeting…We want the document to reflect ground realities,’ Aayog said.
- When pressed further NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said, ‘Development plan is almost ready, it will be sent to states soon for comments. We needed more consultation. It will be finalised in one and half months.’
‘Challenge now is to take this growth rate to double digits’
Observing that the Indian economy has grown at a healthy rate of 7.7% in the fourth quarter of 2017-18, Modi said the challenge now is to take this growth rate to double digits, which requires more important measures. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the challenge now before the government is to take the economic growth rate to double digits, for which many important steps would have to be taken.