Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said that he has declined an offer by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the convenor of a task force to implement "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" and instead preferred to be just a member.
"I have been made convenor. I have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying I would prefer to be a member, not convenor of the task force to implement Swachhh Bharat Abhiyan," he said here.
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) has notified three sub-groups as decided during the first meeting chaired by Modi. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will chair the sub-group on centrally sponsored schemes (CSS), Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar on skill development and Siddaramaiah on Swachh Bharat. Each sub-group has about 10-11 chief ministers.
Siddaramaiah said he has requested Modi to replace him with someone else as he is busy.
"Please make someone else, not me. I want to be a member. I don't have time," he said.
Swachh Bharath sub-group will decide on institutional mechanisms and technological inputs for ensuring that commitment to Swachh Bharat becomes a part of our life in perpetuity.