Ahead of NITI Aayog meet, Manmohan Singh holds discussion with Congress Chief Ministers

Hours before the NITI Aayog meeting, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday held a meeting with all Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states. He discussed the issues to be taken up at the 5th NITI Aayog Council meeting slated for evening today which will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The meeting was attended by Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy, Bhupesh Baghel Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh did not attend the meet he will skip NITI Aayog meeting citing his health issues.

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy was also present in the meeting.

Manmohan Singh in the meeting raised concern over the importance of reviving agriculture and the issue of river rejuvenation. Singh in the meeting that held at AICC New Delhi also discussed the forest amendment Act to ease the life of tribals.

Talking to media after the meeting Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said as quoted by ANI, ‘We had a discussion on issues related to the agrarian and acute water crisis in several states’ He added that there should be a scheme that would address such crisis and a major step should be taken to rejuvenate those drying rivers and other water resources.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the fifth meeting Niti Aayog’s Governing Council on June 15. However, this will be his first meeting after storming back to power in the recently held national polls.

The Governing Council of the Niti Aayog includes all the Chief Ministers, Governors of State, Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories, several Union Ministers and other officials.

NITI Aayog’s first meeting held on February 8, 2015, while months later on July 15, the second meeting of the council took place.

While the PM Modi headed its third meeting on April 23, 2017. It was during the third meeting when the PM Modi discussed the idea of conducting elections of the Lok Sabha and the state assemblies together.

While the last meeting that was held a year ago on June 17, 2018, discussed the measures taken to double farmers’ income.

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