Niti Aayog meet: CM to raise issue of special status grants to Himachal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Feb 08, 2015 00:30 IST

Amidst reports that the Centre may loosen up its pockets for states to spend according to their priorities, chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who is attending the NITI Aayog governing council meet today in New Delhi, will be hoping for more liberal funding for Himachal, given the state's special status.

Singh had earlier expressed hopes that the newly-formed body would function on the same pattern as of the planning commission that was scrapped.

The NITI Aayog meeting is being convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official residence with members of its governing council besides all chief ministers and union territory heads taking part.

A government official told HT that should the Centre increase funding to states, it would help the state resume work on several centrally-sponsored schemes that has been halted. He further said that if the Himachal's development would be boosted if funds are routed directly to the state.

"There are several projects which are dying in wake of spending cuts by the Centre," he added.

Sources have also told HT that the chief minister is likely to give his suggestions on the 'Make in India' campaign, initiated by PM Modi.

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