New Delhi, Jun 15: Stage is set for the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog on Saturday here wherein key developmental issues and inter-departmental matters and centre-states relations would be debated in the spirit of 'Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat'.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the meeting, which will be the first the return of the Modi government.
All chief ministers and head of union territories would take part in the meeting, which is likely to discuss all financial and security-related issues.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will not attend the meet. She had earlier stated - that 'the think tank has no power and the meetings are fruitless".
Ms Banerjee has also written to Mr Modi that although she has received a letter informing her about a meeting of the Governing Council of Niti Aayog but she would not attend the event.
This would also be the first meeting of new Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, who will seek the Special Category Status to his state.
Amid intense speculation of Mr Reddy-led YSRCP inching closer to BJP, the new Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister met Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday and sought his help to "soften Prime Minister's heart" on the issue of Special Category Status for the bifurcated state.
The Council meeting comes in the wake of recent NSSO report which revealed that the unemployment rate was at 45-year high and GDP rate slipping down to 5.8 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2018-19, the sources added.
The agenda before the Fifth Council Meeting include rain-water harvesting, drought situation and relief measures, aspirational districts programme, transforming agriculture, and security related issues with specific focus on Left Wing Extremism districts.
Ministers of Defence, Home, Finance and Agriculture will attend the meeting as ex-officio members. (UNI)