Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah declines PM Modi’s offer

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah declines PM Modi's offer

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said he has declined an offer by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the convenor of a task force to implement “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”.

The Karnataka Chief minister said he would instead prefer to be just a member.

“I have been made convenor. I have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying I would prefer to be a member, not convenor of the task force to implement Swachhh Bharat Abhiyan,” he said.

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) has notified three sub-groups as decided during the first meeting chaired by Modi.

Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will chair the sub-group on centrally sponsored schemes (CSS), Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar on skill development and Siddaramaiah on Swachh Bharat. Each sub-group has about 10-11 chief ministers.

Siddaramaiah said he has requested Modi to replace him with someone else as he is busy.

“Please make someone else, not me. I want to be a member. I don’t have time,” he said.

Swachh Bharat sub-group will decide on institutional mechanisms and technological inputs for ensuring that commitment to Swachh Bharat becomes a part of our life in perpetuity.

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