seventh meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held in New Delhi on Sunday (August 7, 2022).
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao were absent in this meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the cultural center of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Media reports cited his ill health as the reason behind Nitish’s absence. It was said that due to health he could not come to Delhi. However, two of his programs were proposed in Patna, the capital of the state.
Chief ministers of states, lieutenant governors of union territories and several union ministers attended the meeting of the Governing Council, the apex body of the commission.
According to the Chief Minister’s Office of Chhattisgarh, the PM appreciated the state during the meeting for the Godhan Nyay Yojana. He praised the state government for making vermi compost from cow dung.
while Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said in a letter to PM Modi that he will boycott this meeting against the ‘discriminatory’ stand of the Center towards the states.
“In view of these facts, I do not find it useful to attend the 7th meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog to be held on August 7, 2022. I will stay away from this meeting against the present stand of the Central Government of discriminating against states and not treating them as equal partners in our collective effort to make India a strong and developed country” writes Rao.
Rao claimed that earlier when the Planning Commission was in place, there used to be detailed dialogue sessions with the states on the annual plan.
“Now there is no plan, no involvement of states and NITI Aayog and no constructive purpose of its meetings. Since there is no planning and no spirit of cooperative federalism, the country is passing through the toughest phase with unprecedented problems of low economic growth along with falling rupee value, inflation, skyrocketing prices and rising unemployment” writes KCR.
He said the Center has remained a ‘mute spectator’ to the problems and is playing with the sentiments of the people.
However, NITI Aayog termed Rao’s decision as “unfortunate”.