NDA Govt revives meet to smoothen centre-state ties

RSTV Bureau

Delhi-security-Raisina-HillsPrime Minister Narendra Modi will hold the meeting with the Chief Ministers and administrators of the Union Territories on Saturday in the national capital. The meeting, also termed as an Inter-State Council meet will deliberate on issues of internal security, economic and social planning, and inter state relations among other issues.

The meeting is expected to be attended by all chief ministers. Besides the Prime Minister, key cabinet ministers and high ranking officials too will be present in the meeting.

Significantly, the meet has been convened after a gap of 10 years and will see PM Modi, along with his 17 Union ministers interacting with all chief ministers.

For the Prime Minister himself, this will be the first such interaction with Chief Ministers of all the states on a single platform ever since he assumed the charge two years ago.

Punchhi Commission on Centre-State relations, use of Aadhaar as an identifier and use of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for providing subsidies, benefits and public services, improving quality of school education with focus on improving learning outcomes, incentivising better performance, and internal security, will be among the issues figuring in the conference.

The meeting comes amid the ongoing turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir, where at least 36 people have lost their lives following violent protests after Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter last week.

The meet will also bring to the table two CMs – Harish Rawat of Uttarakhand and Nabam Tuki of Arunanchal Pradesh – who were ousted by the Centre after imposition of the President’s rule but reinstated after the apex court’s ruling.

The last meeting of the Inter-State Council was held in 2006. The UPA government had convened just two meetings in its 10-year tenure. However, the NDA government revived this Inter-State Council structure after assuming office in May 2014.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had chaired meetings of all the five zonal councils over the last one year in various parts of the country in which chief ministers of states of the respective zones took part.

(With inputs from the PTI)