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Niti Aayog: Today's 8th Governing Council Meeting is Presided Over by PM Modi; AAP, TMC Skip

The ninth Niti Aayog governing council meeting will be held today, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 'Viksit Bharat @2047: Role of Team India' will be the meeting's subject.

The gathering will take place in Delhi's Pragati Maidan's brand-new Convention Centre.

Details of the meeting today
In order to make India a developed country by 2047, the prime minister will discuss topics relating to health, skill development, women's empowerment, and infrastructure development.

The Niti Aayog stated in a statement that during the day-long meeting, “eight prominent themes will be discussed, including Viksit Bharat@2047, thrust on MSMEs, infrastructure and investments, minimising compliance, women's empowerment, health and nutrition, skill development, and Gati Shakti for area development and social infrastructure.”

The vice chairman and members of Niti Aayog, as well as the chief ministers and lieutenant governors of all the states and union territories, will attend the meeting, according to the statement.

Prior to the conference, “wide-ranging stakeholder consultations and brainstorming sessions with subject experts, academia, and practitioners were held in order to gain well-rounded grassroots-level perspectives,” it said.

“India's G20 Presidency is also being considered when we have this 8th Governing Council Meeting. According to the NITI Aayog, India's G20 slogan, “One Earth, One Family, One Future,” expresses its ideals as a civilised nation and its understanding of how each nation contributes to shaping the destiny of the globe.

Kejriwal, CM, did not attend the meeting
Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a letter on Friday that the new Centre rule on control of services in Delhi would prevent him from attending the Niti Aayog conference.

The newly introduced legislation by the BJP-led federal government has restored executive responsibility over the bureaucracy to the elected Delhi government that was previously granted to it by the Supreme Court via its decision on May 11.

Bhagawant Mann, the chief minister of Punjab, which is governed by the AAP, has also said he would not attend the Niti Aayog meeting on Saturday.

Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the AAP and the chief minister of Delhi, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, announcing his boycott of the Niti Aayog conference due to the recent ordinance passed by the Centre and accusing the government of turning “cooperative federalism” in the nation into a “joke.”

Bhagawant Mann, the chief minister of the Punjab state, which is governed by the AAP, has also said that he would not attend the Niti Aayog meeting on Saturday.

No representative from West Bengal will attend the Niti Aayog meeting on Saturday in New Delhi because the Centre “insisted” that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee be allowed to attend despite the TMC government's request to send the state finance minister and chief secretary.

Banerjee has already made the decision not to attend the eighth Niti Aayog governing council meeting.

State Finance Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya confirmed the incident in a statement to PTI, saying, “We had urged the Centre to enable me and the chief secretary to attend the meeting since Mamata Banerjee is occupied with some other business. The Centre said that the “CM may attend.” This is a covert means of preventing attendees at the meeting other than the CM. As a result, West Bengal will not be represented at the meeting tomorrow.

“Can't she send another minister or official on her behalf if the state's chief minister is busy with another task? Since I am the state's finance minister, I am qualified to speak for the state. I fail to see the justification for preventing the finance minister from attending the Niti Aayog conference, she remarked.

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