New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday met the chief ministers of Congress ruled states and Karnataka’s HD Kumaraswamy to discuss the issues of their respective states, ahead of the NITI Aayog meeting.

The meeting was attended by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and Puducherry' V Narayansamy at the Congress headquarter.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was not present at the meeting as he was unwell. He is also expected to miss the NITI Aayog meeting on June 15.

They discussed the proposed agenda and issues of their respective states to be taken up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Niti Ayog meeting, sources said.

Among the issues discussed were injecting life back in water bodies, fresh efforts needed from the Centre in the agricultural sector and amendment in the Forest Act to bring about change and prosperity in the lives of the tribals.

According to the sources, the Congress-ruled governments will raise key farmer issues.

This is the fifth meeting of NITI Aayog’s Governing Council and it will focus on the issues like the drought situation, farm distress, rainwater 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.

This is the first governing council meeting under the new Modi government, which is being attended by chief ministers, lieutenant governors of Union Territories, Union ministers, and senior government officials.

(with agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma