Bhagwant Mann, CM Punjab (Photo: PTI)
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann wrote a letter and organized on May 27 policy commission That is, the National Institution for Transforming India Aayog has refused to participate in the eighth meeting of the Governing Council. Their displeasure is on the fact that the things that happened in the last meeting should be completed first by the government. He has written that the central government is not taking care of the interests of Punjab.
According to media reports, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Himachal Pradesh CM Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot will also not attend the meeting. Before understanding whether the decision of the CM of Punjab is right or wrong, we have to understand that what is the basic work of NITI Aayog? Why is the Governing Council meeting held?
What is NITI Aayog?
If you try to understand in pure and simple language, then NITI Aayog is such a think tank of the country, which gives suggestions to make such a sustainable structure of the country’s development by keeping the Center and the State at the center, which can benefit the people in the long run. This body can only give its recommendations. The responsibility of implementation rests with the Central and State Governments. The development of agriculture sector is at the top of the work area of NITI Aayog.
The main task is to conduct research on developmental issues such as energy, health and family welfare, industry, urban development, infrastructure, rural development, skill development, land and water resources, and provide recommendations to the governments based on its findings. One of the main responsibilities of the commission is to assess what the country will need in the coming years and to draw the attention of the government from time to time. NITI Aayog also gives a detailed project report in its recommendation, so that the respective governments and ministries can interpret it in their own way and implement it as per the requirement.
When and when does the NITI Aayog meet?
The meeting of the NITI Aayog Governing Council is generally held only once in a year. Its agenda is already set. All the participants of the meeting are informed about it in advance. The agenda of the meeting of May 27, 2023 is also fixed. A total of eight issues have been fixed, on which discussions are scheduled for almost the whole day. As the chairman of NITI Aayog, the Prime Minister gives his priorities on the basis of fixed issues. There is a rule of giving all the participants a chance to speak in turn.
agenda items for the meeting
Developed India at 2047
Special focus on micro, small and medium enterprises
infrastructure and investment
– reduce compliance
-health and Nutrition
The driving force for the development and social infrastructure of the area
These issues clearly indicate that in the year 2047, when we will be celebrating the centenary of independence, then what kind of India do we want to see, it has to be discussed.
How will the opinion of the absent CM be included?
Chief Ministers of all the states of the country, Ministers of the Central Government, Deputy Governors of Union Territories etc. are called for participation in this meeting. When the issues of the country’s development are being decided, when your opinion matters for the next generation, then it cannot be called appropriate not to attend that meeting.
On May 27, when an attempt is being made to paint the picture of the India of 2047, the opinion of the CMs of the absent states will naturally not be included in it. Keep in mind, this meeting is being held for the next generation. It is not known where many celebrities involved in the meeting will be till the year 2047, in what condition they will be, no one knows.
Not attending such meetings shows only two things. One – CM sir has absolutely no knowledge about the functioning of NITI Aayog. Doubtful, but due to political enmity, they are boycotting such meetings. Whatever may be the truth, but it will not be called good for the country.
Why is there political protest?
If this is happening for political protest, then later the Chief Ministers of these states will not be in a position to say that I was not told at all, I do not know anything at all. When the blueprint for the country’s development is being made, leaving aside political animosity, everyone should join hands in one voice, if something wrong is happening in the meeting and you do not agree, then you will be able to retaliate immediately. Now, when you will remain absent from the occasion, then even healthy politics will not be called.
After its establishment in the year 2015, this is the eighth Governing Council meeting. The agenda of every meeting is set. This is the time when all the policy makers of the country come together under one roof. It is not fair to remain missing from such an opportunity. By not joining here you are doing injustice to the next generation.
every meeting has an agenda
As far as the CM of Punjab saying that first complete the things that happened in the last meeting, it shows that he is yet to know and understand a lot on the issue of policy. Policy is discussed in the NITI Aayog meeting, nothing is taken or given. The agenda of each meeting is fixed. The commission works accordingly and then from time to time gives its recommendations to the Center and the States.
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