‘Missed out on rich thinking’: NITI Aayog CEO on CMs skipping meeting

‘Missed out on rich thinking’: NITI Aayog CEO on CMs skipping meeting

By India Today News Desk: As several chief ministers skipped the 8th governing council meeting of the NITI aayog on Saturday (May 27), the commission’s CEO CEO B.V.R. Subrahmanyam said the state leaders who were absent, missed out on discussions based on “rich thinking”.

He said while 11 CMs skipped the meeting, many attended too. “I have seen similar attendance in previous NITI Aayog Governing Council meetings. They might have their personal reasons for doing so,” he said.

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Subrahmanyam also said there would be no loss to states as the government policies for all, but also said the loss will only be to the ones who didn’t attend. “If you don’t attend (the meeting) you miss out on the discussion, on the rich thinking. It is not as if we will boycott someone, we will work together,” he said.

The NITI Aayog meet, based on ‘Viksit Bharat @2047: Role of Team India’, was held at the new Convention Centre in Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. Chief ministers Arvind Kejriwal, Bhagwant Mann, Mamata Banerjee, K Chandrashekar Rao, Ashok Gehlot, Nitish Kumar and MK Stalin announced a boycott of the meeting.

In the meeting, PM Modi deliberated on issues related to health, skill development, women empowerment and infrastructure development, with the aim of making India a developed nation by 2047, reports said.

In a statement ahead of the meeting, the Niti Aayog said, “Eight prominent themes will be discussed during the day-long meeting including Viksit Bharat@2047, thrust on MSMEs, infrastructure and investments, minimising compliance, women empowerment, health and nutrition, skill development and Gati Shakti for area development and social infrastructure.”

The meeting was also held against the backdrop of India’s G20 Presidency.

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