Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will attend the first governing council meeting of the NITI Aayog in New Delhi on Sunday with suggestions for increasing monetary assistance in centrally sponsored schemes to 90 per cent, as the state was facing funds crunch in the implementation of its flagship schemes.
In the draft prepared for Akhilesh, the government has chided BJP’s slogan ‘Sabka Sath – Sabka Vikas’ by demanding facilities for weaker states. It also stated that central funding should not be discretionary and be based on facts. UP also wants that tough measures and restrictions on central schemes be waived.
Akhilesh will also stress on regular dialogues between centre and state besides inclusion of state’s advice in transfer of facilities. He also wants the constitution of a regular task force with representation of concerned ministry and state for preparing future schemes and sorting out problems in existing ones. “NITI Aayog should act in a cooperative federalism manner as priorities of every state is different. So, every state should be taken into confidence while preparing its programme,” an official said.
Though favouring long term plans for 10 to 15 years, UP wants the five-year planning system to continue and state be consulted before finalising five-year plans. Akhilesh will also demand time-bound clearance of state government’s references sent to the Centre.