BJP for agenda paper on welfare steps

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday got 13 chief ministers of BJP-ruled states to back the Centre’s pro-poor schemes.

This comes even as the party decided to come up with an agenda paper on welfare measures for the underprivileged.

In a close-door session that lasted through the day, Modi got the chief ministers to commit to common schemes with identical goals and execution timelines to reach out to the have-nots in a mission mode to define politics during the Assembly polls to important states of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat early next year and in 2019.

Modi also urged the states to ensure better execution of the Centre’s welfare schemes, said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, after the conclave of BJP chief ministers concluded on Saturday evening.

A committee was constituted during the interaction to mull over various suggestions relating to the upliftment of underprivileged sections of the society and prepare a ‘Garib Kalyan Agenda’, Chauhan said.

The agenda would be adopted by the BJP, which would help counter the Opposition’s perception that the Modi government was pro-corporate, party leaders said. Chauhan said the committee has been given two to three weeks to submit its report.
At the first-ever conclave of the party’s chief ministers, deputy chief ministers and presidents of its state units since the NDA government came to power two-and-half years ago, six issues relating to farmers, women empowerment, sharing of best practices and good governance were discussed.

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