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Modi heads the first NITI Aayog Meet

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by Smita Anand

In the process of delivering a stronger India, Modi took initiative and replaced the Planning Commission with NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) and a whole new governing council. He recently led the first ever meeting of this newly-incorporated body.

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Role of states in the progress of a nation is too important to be sidelined. The first meeting was held somewhere on this line to bridge any existing gap between the Center and the state governments and to look forward to a better rapport between the NITI Aayog and various institutions to ensure better development and growth for India.

The newly-formed body hosts a panel of experts and advisers from various fields to offer suggestions to the state governments as well as the Center; although the final decisions will duly depend on the governments.

According to reports, PM Narendra Modi offered to transfer some of the 66 center-sponsored schemes, for which a sum of Rs.3,38,562 crore was provided in 2014-15, to states.

Reflecting upon the role of NITI Aayog toward development of India, the body will form three main specialized sections that include Research, Consultancy, and Team India. The three teams will work upon conceptualizing new development programs and streamline bottlenecks to contribute toward making a better India, advising the central and state governments on various issues and provide funding as well. Team India will be a group comprising of representatives from every state and ministerial department meant to work together on one platform and discuss issues related to states, combat it together and contribute toward a more healthier growth.

When the 65-year old Planning Commission was replaced by the NITI Aayog, the reactions did not seem quite favorable. But gradually, with new governing body and a panel of experts, things have started to look promising.

First meeting of NITI Aayog was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and co-ordinated by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The meeting was opened by NITI Aayog’s Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya.

Stressing on the Aayog’s objectives, Modi remarked that the development solely depends on the co-operation between the ministers of all the states and they should forget differences for the sake of development, growth and better reforms. He added that the whole idea was to bring up all the states together with an aim of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.

While the Chief Ministers of all the states made their presence in the meeting, West Bengal was seen giving a miss with Mamata Banerjee not joining.

As this decision of Mamata Banerjee to skip the NITI Aayog’s first meet earned strong remarks, it was later justified by her party spokesperson, Derek O Brien stating, “Has the BJP government really thought this Niti Aayog out? We think not. Dismantling the Planning Commission in a hurry without taking states into confidence is not the way forward. So when the concept itself was hurriedly introduced without consultations, why meetings now?”

The replacement of The Planning Commission without any prior consent and consultation with other ministers did send a wrong wave but Modi’s positive stand in the meet on the accounts of development, reforms and growth hinted that it was a well-thought step rather than a decision made in haste.

  • Hope that NITI Aayog heads towards something productive rather than making just a concept of illusion.

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Entire Hindus of a Village Barred from Voting

When the lips of the judiciary, MEDIA are sealed with the glue of hypocrisy, the tragedy of humanity is sure to come about!

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Truly speaking, Didi’s strong hunger for the chair of power has long disrobed her cover of sainthood. It has totally blinded her eyes and deafened her ears.

Salil Gewali

What has been happening in the West Bengal during the TMC rule is beyond what one really can imagine. The Mamata government has openly been flouting democratic values. The constitutional obligations have been undermined with impunity — without a bit of mercilessness towards the persecuted citizens who are mostly original Bengali and others. The violence that killed about 18 people in the last Panchayat election 2018, has so traumatized the natives, now they live in constant fear. They do not know what holds tomorrow for them. But such serious political crimes committed by TMC or such other parties have very small longevity — they just wither away too soon.

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What has been happening in the West Bengal during the TMC rule is beyond what one really can imagine. The Mamata government has openly been flouting democratic values.

Truly speaking, Didi’s strong hunger for the chair of power has long disrobed her cover of sainthood. It has totally blinded her eyes and deafened her ears. She, in fact, cannot see the pains and sufferings of the indigenous people, nor can she listen to the grievances of the deprived and oppressed. Nevertheless, she is always extra compassionate towards a certain class of people. Thus, many have been cordially invited by her administration from across the border. Against that hardly any media people take an earnest step forward to alert the citizens and the government machinery as they do for “Citizen Amendment Bill”. Is this not a big hypocrisy?

Mamata’s unhindered invitation to the “infiltrators” has definitely made her still stronger, and finally more domineering and terribly brutal.  That how many new citizenships have been awarded during her tenure is quite unaccountable. Those lucky guests are now blessed with additional facilities. Besides a lot of largesse, they are allowed to take up arms and ammunition for their protection too. They can even pose threats and fire the shots if anyone stand in their way, of course such cases are mostly under-reported. A number of terrors groups have a direct connection with the TMC MPs and MLAs. The police forces cannot touch those very special citizens. The sorrowful plight of the natives does not become a subject of discussion in the newsrooms either.

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Is it a small joke that about 600 citizens in Raiganj, West Bengal, were not allowed to cast their vote in phase two of the Elections held on 18th April?

Is it a small joke that about 600 citizens in Raiganj, West Bengal, were not allowed to cast their vote in phase two of the Elections held on 18th April? India Today media quotes – “Entire village barred from voting in West Bengal’s Raiganj, claim residents”. Well, the voters who were openly intimidated by the TMC cadre not to vote were at the crossroad and distressed. Their votes were already cast by Didi’s beloved. Those who were deprived of the voting right are Hindus. Having left with no option they only staged a silent protest anticipating the hard times near future. Even media persons were beaten up and their cameras smashed — as reported by the prestigious media -Times Now.

Is it not an unprecedented shocker? Why is there a conspicuous absence of the outrage and the scream of nation-wide condemnation now? If any they will just die down too soon. Just a few days back a 22-year-old BJP worker was found hanging from a tree in Senabana village, the crime allegedly committed by TMC hooligans. Such heinous killings of the particular community or party workers, other than TMC, are common occurrences that never raise the eyebrows of the intellectuals — they never become a “DADRI”. It quite seems that the Election Commission of India is just like a toothless tiger.

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Didi’s strong hunger for the chair of power has long disrobed her cover of sainthood. It has totally blinded her eyes and deafened her ears.

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Wow, Didi has moved an extra mile in this election. She has invited a popular film star‘Ferdous Ahmed’ from Bangladesh. Who will warn her that it is a step towards the danger? Yes, she wants her voters well sweetened up before they ensure her landslide victory. Oh God, who will ring the alarm bell now that her victory is only going to worsen the plight of the indigenous citizens? Is all armchair intellectualism a farce? Alas, when the lips of the judiciary and media are sealed with the glue of hypocrisy, the tragedy of humanity is sure to come about!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali