CM skips NITI Aayog meeting, sends Agri Min to Mumbai

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Agriculture Minister Arun Sahoo has left for Mumbai to attend the high-powered committee meeting of chief ministers formed by NITI Aayog, which starts today.

Sahoo will be attending the meeting in place of chief minister Naveen Patnaik who skipped it.

The meeting which happens to be the second meeting of the nine-member High Powered Committee of Chief Ministers on Transformation of Indian Agriculture will be chaired by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Other members of the committee are, chief ministers of Karnataka, Haryana, Madya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh along with Union Rural Development and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand.

Informing on Odisha’s stance in the meeting Sahoo said he will table proposals on increasing income of farmers, development of their skills and agricultural productivity, along with process to tackle the effect of climate change on agriculture.

The committee will suggest modalities for adoption and time-bound implementation of the agricultural produce and livestock marketing. It would also examine various provisions of Essential Commodity Act (1955), he added.

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