KCR and Chandrababu skip Modi’s NITI Ayog Meet

  • Some other chief ministers also absent at the meet

HYDERABAD: Two Telugu Chief Ministers Chandrasekhar Rao and Chandrababu Naidu today joined the bandwagon of other Congress-ruled chief ministers, who skipped NITI Ayog meeting addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at national capital.

Owing to Godavari Pushkaralu that fall rarely after 144 years, the two Telugu States’ CMs are busy making arrangements and could not make to New Delhi for NITI Ayog.

While Rao is busy reviewing arrangements at Pushkar Ghats to avoid any untoward incidents and on the ongoing GHMC sanitation workers’ strike, Naidu, who is sore with the 27 stampede deaths at Rajahmundry pushkarghat, did not feel it to attend the meet and instead stayed put in here.

Apparently, perturbed at the stampede deaths and cornered by the opposition criticism on the failure by the state government and a persistent demand for his resignation, Naidu had to stay at Rajahmundry to review the situation for smooth conduct of the pushkar festivities.

Though they are busy with Pushkaram festivities, other reason that prevented them from attending the meeting is that they were unhappy, as the Centre was not ready to release funds for various programs at one go.

It is learnt that the states are trying to own up Central schemes through publicity while implementing, which is considered a bone of contention in this regard.

Later, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stated that the members suggested several changes to the Land Bill. NITI Ayog is to make need-based allocations to states to spend funds for various developmental activities. Also, chief ministers of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh also gave a slip to the meeting.

Aimed to arrive at a consensus on the controversial Land Acquisition Bill, Modi convened the meeting, being the chairman of the Governing Council, while other chief ministers are its members.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejrival, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufthi Mohammed Sayeed and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, besides other chief ministers of NDA-ruled States turned up to the event.

Modi exhorted the states for synergy to develop simultaneously. Jayalalitha, who opposed the Land Bill, sent her deputy and Finance Minister Panneer Selvam to the meeting. Political deadlock on Land Acquisition Bill is hampering development in education, health, roads and irrigation, Modi said.

The Governing Council held consultations on the right to fair compensation and transparency in land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement act. (NSS)

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