Patna: Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee, Raman
Singh and Arjun Munda on Monday remained absent from a Planning
Commission meet of five eastern states here.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Singh boycotted the Regional
Consultation of Five Eastern States to Approach Paper for 12th
plan as he was opposed to making rights activist Binayak Sen
as a Steering Committee member of the Planning Commission`s
committee on health.
Official sources said Sen was not present in the meeting.
Though Munda, the Jharkhand Chief Minister, did not come
to attend the meet as he was abroad, his Deputy Chief
Ministers Sudesh Mahato and Hemant Soren represented the
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sent her
Planning Minister to the meeting, while Deputy Chairman of
State Planning Commission Shivraj Singh represented
Besides, Union Minister of State for Planning Ashwani
Kumar, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman M S Ahluwalia and
21 other members of the Commission and a Central team were
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his Orissa
counterpart Naveen Patnaik also participated in the meeting
and raised the issues to be covered in the approach paper.