With the centrally-sponsored Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) coming to an end with the Planning Commission, Centre on Thursday assured the states not to worry as they would stand to benefit even more with devolution of taxes.
Government on Thursday came under attack in Rajya Sabha for scrapping Planning Commission, with Congress members saying the step appears to have been taken with a desire to abolish the legacy of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
TMC MP Sugata Bose on Sunday said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee skipped the first meeting of NITI Aayog as there "might be a feeling" that Planning Commission, started by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, was dismantled without "proper consultation".
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday said the sudden dissolution of the Planning Commission may be responsible for the delay in Central funds reaching the states, alleging that the central assistance sought for police modernisation in the state is still awaited.
Hectic preparations are on at the newly-formed Niti Aayog to welcome the first vice chairman Arvind Panagariya and other members whose appointments were approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
The People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) has welcomed the constitution of NITI to replace the Planning Commission, terming it as a revolutionary step initiated by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.
The newly formed Niti Aayog, which has replaced the Planning Commission of the Nehruvian-era, may come as a blessing in disguise for smaller states, according to Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza.
New York: Noted Indian-American free-market economist Arvind Panagariya has said that he is honoured to be appointed as the first Vice Chairman of the newly created NITI Aayog, which replaces the 65-year-old Planning Commission.
The Union Sports Ministry is implementing a number of important schemes for promotion of sports in the country by developing rural and urban sports infrastructure, competition events and financial assistance for youth development activities.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday welcomed the decision to constitute a NITI Aayog in place of the Planning Commission, saying it would go a long way in meeting India's developmental challenges.
Within hours of the government announcing a new body to replace Planning Commission, the Yojana Bhawan staff began hectic preparations to welcome new Vice-Chairman of Niti Aayog and other members who are likely to be appointed shortly.
Terming as "regressive" the setting up of NITI Aayog to replace the Planning Commission, CPI(M) on Friday said the measure would put states at the mercy of the Centre as it would open "new doors for political bargaining and deal-making".
In a sharp attack on the Centre for replacing Planning Commission with 'NITI Ayog,' NDA partner PMK Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of seeking to achieve his 'twin objectives' of ensuring greater private role in government affairs besides wresting all authority.
The 65-year-old Planning Commission was on Thursday replaced by a new body, NITI Aayog or the National Institution for Transforming India, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi said would “serve as a policy think-tank for the central as well as state governments”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that NITI Aayog or the National Institution for Transforming India, NDA government's institution which will serve as a policy think-tank for the central as well as state governments celebrated “India's diversity and plurality.”