After West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao will not be attending the fifth governing council meeting of the NITI Aayog scheduled on June 15 in the National Capital. The meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is the first meeting of Niti Aayog after the formation of the new government.
Earlier on June 7, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee wrote to the Prime Minister saying that she will not attend the Niti Aayog meeting scheduled on June 15. Banerjee said that there is nothing called Niti Aayog because the states do not get their space in the forum.
"Niti Aayog does not have any power, just to show off. There's no point going there," Banerjee had said over reason for not attending the meeting.
Chief ministers, lieutenant governors of union territories, several union ministers and senior government officials are set to be present in the meeting. The Governing Council is expected to discuss important subjects, including major issues concerning water management, agriculture, and aspirational district programme, according to official sources.
Here are the main agendas at the meeting:
Headed by the Prime Minister, the Governing Council meets regularly, and its first meeting took place on February 8, 2015. The second meeting of the council on July 15, 2015, reviewed the progress made by the three sub-groups of chief ministers and the two task forces.