The fifth meeting of the Niti Aayog's Governing Council will take place on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the meeting. It will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. This will be the first governing council meeting under the new Modi government.
The meeting will focus on issues like the drought situation, farm distress, rain-water harvesting and preparedness for Kharif crops.
The five-point agenda for the meeting also includes aspirational districts programme, transforming agriculture and security related issues with special focus on left wing extremism (LWE) districts, an official statement said.
The meeting will be attended by chief ministers, lieutenant governors of union territories, several union ministers and senior government officials.
Headed by the Prime Minister, the Governing Council includes ministers of Finance, Home, Defence, Agriculture, Commerce and Rural Development, besides state chief ministers and Niti Aayog vice chairman, CEO and members.
The Governing Council reviews the action taken on the agenda items of the previous meeting and deliberates upon the future developmental priorities.
So far, four meetings of the Governing Council have been held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister.
Mamata Banerjee won't attend
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has refused to attend the meeting. She said it is "fruitless" as the Niti Aayog has no financial powers to support state plans.
The first meeting of the Governing Council was held on February 8, 2015, at which the Prime Minister laid down the key mandates of Niti Aayog such as fostering cooperative federalism and addressing national issues through active participation of the states.
The second meeting on July 15, 2015 reviewed the progress made by the three sub-groups of chief ministers and the two task forces.
In the third meeting on April 23, 2017, Modi had pitched for conducting simultaneous elections of the Lok Sabha and the state assemblies and shifting to a January-December fiscal year.
The fourth meeting of the council on June 17, 2018 deliberated upon measures taken to double farmers' income and the progress of the government's flagship schemes.
(With inputs from PTI)