CM Rawat opposes decision by Niti Aayog chief ministers’ sub-group

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Sunday said that the Niti Aayog chief ministers’ sub-group cannot take a call on policies that have been shaped long back.
“This is the decision taken by Niti Aayog’s chief ministers’ sub-group. In fact, some of my BJP mates accused me of not taking part in the discussion when I am not even part of the committee… I don’t really know how some people can take a call and put a curb on schemes that have been shaped long back. For this, you will have to take opinion from the public, you will have to give reasons. I know that some schemes need changes, but before doing so one needs to take everything into consideration,” Rawat told ANI here.

NITI Aayog’s sub-group of chief ministers on Saturday arrived at a broad consensus on chopping down the variety of centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) to 30 from the present seventy two.

This is predicted to be finalised by July 5 when the ultimate report might be submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who heads NITI Aayog as its chairperson.

During the UPA regime, the quantity centrally sponsored schemes have been decreased from 147 to sixty six.
The sub group of Chief Ministers was formed for rationalizing the centrally sponsored scheme and curtailing the number of scheme to the minimum possible, empowering the state to choose and make their own scheme as per their needs and requirement, creation of flexi funds, making schemes more flexible, what should be the approach to states like J&K and North-Eastern States and backward area like Bundelkhand.

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