Hyderabad : Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Saturday said that he is boycotting the seventh governing council meeting of Niti Aayog to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Sunday to discuss issues related to agriculture, education and economy.
Addressing a press conference here, he said under serious protest to Government of India, I am boycotting the Niti Aayog governing council meeting because the policies spelt out in the first Niti Aayog meeting that was the cooperative federalism and the Team India spirit is totally lost due to the Centre and by the Niti Aayog.
The Chief Minister said practically it is a literal truthful dictatorism that the BJP-led NDA government is imposing schemes which are undesirable to the states.
KCR said the imposition of GST Tax on various issues like handloom weaving, milk and crematoriums have to be withdrawn.
He said the poor beedi workers are suffering because the beedi industries almost under closure and they are losing their employment.
Rao said the governments have a responsibility to show the alternative employment to them. Inspite of that the GST was increased by 28 per cent on beedi industry by which it will suffer and the poor beedi workers will have no way to live. Of course it is a painful job to do but they are winning their bread out of the beedi making because they are so poor.
The Chief Minister said the farmers are unhappy, people are confused, the Government of India has not able to contol the price rise which is sky rocketing, the inflation is touching the high, the unemployment rate has gone up to the percentage of 8.1. This was not desired out of the result of formation of Niti Aayog, he added.
Chief ministers, lieutenant governors of Union territories, Union ministers, members and vice-chairman of NITI Aayog will attend the meeting, which is being held in-person for the first time since 2019. The first such meeting was held in February 2015 and it was not held in 2020 due to the Covd-19 pandemic.