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Mamata won’t attend all-CMs meet on plan panel overhaul

Speaking to Millennium Post, Trinamool Congress (TMC) General Secretary Mukul Roy said, “Our CM is unlikely to attend the meeting.” Sources said State Finance Minister Amit Mitra will represent her.

During his Independence Day, speech Modi had announced that the Commission would be abolished and replaced with a more relevant institution. Since then the government started working on modalities for finalising the name and structure of the new institution. The CMs meeting has been called to seek viewpoints of all the state heads on what could be the structure of the Commission.

Already, the PMO has received several suggestions regarding the name and role of the new body. While some have suggested it should be called Sustainable Development Commission (SDC), others, including industry houses, have communicated their preference for National Development Agency (NDA), Bharat Pragati Lakshya (BPL), Niti Aayog, among others.

Sources said, the new institution will be headed by Modi himself, with four divisions including an Inter-State Council, Plan Evaluation Office, UIDAI and Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Office. All the divisions will have experts from the Centre as well the States. Plans to rope in experts from industry and corporate houses are also in the pipeline, subject to CMs’ consideration in the coming meeting.

The announcement on the all-CMs meeting was made by Modi himself in the Lok Sabha on Friday during the Question Hour. It came in the wake of continuous criticism over his erstwhile absence from Parliament.

“We would like to make the institution more in tune with the changing requirements of the nation. We are just taking this forward,” Modi said. His announcement came followed by a listed question by Congress leader Vincent H. Pala and TMC leader Saugata Roy.
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