New Delhi: After West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Amarinder Singh, her Punjab counterpart, will also give a miss to the Saturday’s meeting of the NITI Aayog’s governing council to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reports said.
According to news agencies ANI and PTI, the Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh is unwell and state finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal will attend the meeting in his place. “The Punjab chief minister is indisposed and is likely to skip the Niti Aayog’s meeting. The state finance minister will attend in his place,” PTI quoted a source as saying.
West Bengal chief minister Banerjee had earlier skipped the NITI Aayog’s meetings, saying it was a “fruitless” exercise and alleged that the body has “no financial power” and cannot support the state plans. “Mamata Banerjee may not attend the Niti Aayog’s February 20 meeting,” a senior leader of her Trinamool Congress had said earlier, according to PTI.
The Prime Minister will chair Saturday’s meeting and issues related to agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing and human resource development, service delivery at the grassroots level and health and nutrition will be discussed, according to an official statement.