New Delhi | A meeting of the Congress Chief Ministers in the country today deplored attempts being made by some sections of the ruling BJP to disturb communal harmony, expressed grave concern over cuts in allocations for key sectors, rejected the amendments made in the UPA land Bill and condemned the attempts by the NDA to destroy the legacy of Indias first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
A unanimous resolution passed by the CMs conclave, attended by Congress CMs of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and addressed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, also opposed the hasty and ill considered abolition of the Planning commission and opposed the Centres moves to dilute RTI.
The resolution demanded that the Centre continue with the North-East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy 2007 that was unilaterally scrapped in December, 2014. It also called upon the Centre to work with the State governments in the North-east on matters of internal security, foreign policy and on tackling problems arising out of porous international borders.
This meeting of Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states chaired by the Congress president deplores the deliberate attempts being made by certain sections of the ruling establishment to disturb social peace and communal harmony and resolves to resist these attempts forcibly,the resolution said. It also expressed grave concern over cuts in allocations for key sectors by the NDA.
The meeting expresses grave concern over the Central Government abdicating its primary responsibility in human and social development and the substantial cuts in the Centre’s allocations for essential programmes in areas like education, health, women and child development, drinking water and sanitation, rural roads and
livelihoods and agriculture and cooperation and calls upon the Central Government to restore the allocations to these critical programmes,the resolution said.
The meeting of the Congress CMs also rejected the boastful claims, exaggerations and downright falsehoods of the Central Government on its achievements over the past year and its systematic efforts to deny the UPA government rightful credit for the undoubted progress made by the country during 2004-14.
The resolution also also opposed the hasty and ill considered abolition of the Planning commission.
The meeting reiterates its opposition to the hasty and ill-considered abolition of the Planning Commission and to the manner in which the distinction between special category and non special category states has been done away with thereby adversely affecting the eight northeastern states, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir as also the new state of Andhra Pradesh; and demands the restoration of special category status to these states, it said.
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