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Badal hails Centre for NITI Aayog

Badal hails Centre for NITI Aayog
He also hailed the Centre’s decision to scrap the “archaic” Planning Commission and replace it with “progressive” NITI Aayog.

At a ‘Hola Mohalla’ function here, he said the SAD is a votary of true federalism and has been trying relentlessly to secure financial autonomy for states since long. So that, he said, the states can implement their programmes and schemes intended for overall development and welfare of the people.

Badal said for the first time in the last six decades, any central government has conceded to long-pending demands of the states. And now they were hopeful that the states would not be merely treated as beggars looking at the Centre for even their petty demands, he said. Rather, he said that they would be full-fledged partners in the development process of the states viz-a-viz the country.

Badal said all the Chief Ministers in future would have equal say in the planning process adopted by NITI Aayog.

Terming this a “paradigm shift” from the centralised approach followed by the erstwhile Planning Commission, he said, this ushers an era of harmonious Centre-State relations.
He said the Centre’s benevolence showered on his state was reflected in the Union Budget 2015-16 in which Punjab was allotted prestigious AIIMS, Horticulture Research Institute and above all world class heritage status to Jallianwala Bagh memorial in the holy city of Amritsar.
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