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‘Don’t find it helpful’: KCR to skip Niti Aayog meet chaired by PM Modi

Telangana Chief Minister Okay Chandrashekar Rao, on Saturday, introduced that he is not going to attend the Niti Aayog assembly on Sunday. He mentioned that the Centre’s suppose tank and its conferences serve “no constructive purpose” and that collaborating chief ministers are given “hardly a few minutes” to specific their views.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the seventh governing council assembly of the Niti Aayog on Sunday. The PM’s workplace mentioned that the assembly will pave the way in which for a brand new period of collaboration between the Centre and the states.

In a strongly-worded letter to PM Modi, Rao, typically referred to by his initials KCR, mentioned, “I do not find it useful to attend the 7th Governing Council meeting of Niti Aayog scheduled to be held on August 7, 2022 and I am staying away from it as a mark of strong protest against the present trend of 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.”

This would be the first in-person assembly of the council after July 2019 and its members embrace all of the chief ministers. The PM is the chairperson of the federal government’s apex coverage suppose tank.

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In his prolonged letter, the Telangana CM mentioned that Niti Aayog was began as a brand new establishment with the target of bringing the states on the identical web page with the Centre for the equitable improvement of the nation in “the true spirit of cooperative federalism”.

“But recent unpleasant happenings have given rise to an inescapable realisation that the federal structure of India is being systematically eroded by some deliberate actions by the Government of India.”

“Needless to say, these developments are very much discouraging to trailblasing states like Telangana. The blatant discrimination against some states even in the legitimate functions assigned to them in the Constitution leaves much to be desired,” he mentioned within the letter.

KCR mentioned that when the Planning Commission was there, it used to have an in depth interactive dialogue with the states on the annual plan, however now there’s “neither a plan, nor any involvement of states”.

“The rigmarole of Niti Aayog meetings leaves 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 added.

The chief minister additional mentioned that the Centre’s suppose tank had constituted a bunch of chief ministers which really useful that in respect of the central sector schemes, states needs to be given flexibility to design or modify the schemes primarily based on their wants and situations to guarantee most profit to the individuals.

KCR additionally alleged that such an vital suggestion had been saved apart and, quite the opposite, the Centre was micro-managing the schemes, giving a whole go-by to state-specific wants.

He mentioned that Niti Aayog was began with an goal of cooperative federalism however after seven years of its functioning, it is now clear that this specific goal was noticed extra in breach.

“The Centre’s actions show that the initiative has gone astray as states are not included as equal partners in the national development agenda. States have not been co-opted in the preparation of the agenda for Niti Aayog meetings,” he mentioned.

The Telangana CM additional mentioned that due to “no planning and no spirit of cooperative federalism”, the nation is passing by way of essentially the most troublesome section with unprecedented issues of falling rupee worth, excessive inflation, skyrocketing costs and growing unemployment coupled with low financial progress.

“These issues impact people’s lives and are causing a lot of concern for the nation. But these are not discussed in Niti Aayog meetings. 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 mentioned in his four-page letter.

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The chief minister mentioned that India as a nation can develop solely when the states develop, stressing that “strong and economically vibrant” states alone could make India a robust nation.

He additionally mentioned that the “irresponsible utterances” of some leaders in excessive positions on the usage of bulldozers, encounter killings, and references with spiritual undertones are disrupting the “communal harmony and the social fabric of the nation”, in addition to inviting worldwide criticism.

“Yet the Union Government does not take any action to control the situation. Cooperative Federalism, the tenet enshrined in the Indian Constitution, is deliberately disregarded, which is evident from the increasing penchant for bringing legislation unilaterally in critical areas of agriculture, electricity etc,” he careworn.

He underscored that the one-sided resolution to convey the brand new farm legal guidelines has led to total misery within the farm sector, pushing the “fanning community into a state of despair with an insecure future”.

The motion of the Central authorities in altering the All-India Services (AIS) guidelines to the drawback of states and its lack of ability as an arbiter and facilitator in resolving interstate water disputes are some obtrusive cases of the “Centre working against the spirit of cooperative federalism”, KCR mentioned.

“The propensity of the Union Government to levy a cess as an indirect tax is depriving states of their legitimate share in tax revenues. Such unilateral and irresponsible policies of the Government of India, without taking into consideration the states’ interests, have nudged the country away from the development trajectory,” the letter learn.

WHAT DID NITI AAYOG SAY IN RESPONSE

Responding to KCR’s letter to PM Modi, Niti Aayog, in an announcement, mentioned that the establishment has already taken a variety of measures to work carefully with the states.

It additionally said that KCR didn’t reply to repeated requests for a gathering from the Niti Aayog delegation.

Niti Aayog additionally highlighted the Centre’s monetary help to Telangana and claimed that KCR’s allegations have been false.

“It is unfortunate that the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Telangana has chosen not to participate in the Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog to be held on August 7. The Governing Council is a forum where the highest political leadership in the country at Centre and State levels deliberates on key development-related issues and agrees on appropriate outcome-oriented solutions for national development,” it added.

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