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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday will chair a meeting of the governing council of the NITI Aayog, comprising all chief ministers, amid apprehension that Congress-ruled states may abstain from the meet.
The meeting is likely to review the progress achieved by the sub-groups of chief ministers and two task forces under the Aayog. Other issues expected to be discussed in the meet include Goods and Services Tax and a key recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission, which has suggested devolution of taxes between the Centre and states, according to a source in the Aayog.
The Aayog has constituted three sub-groups of chief ministers on centrally sponsored schemes (CSS), skill development and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan led by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu respectively.
The task forces on poverty and agriculture are being headed by the Aayog’s vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya himself. These sub-groups and task forces is learnt to be finalising their respective reports and the blueprint would be submitted to Modi once they are vetted by the chief ministers. The source said the report of the group on CSS is likely to be tabled during the meeting of the council.