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Modi calls on BJP CMs to execute anti-poverty agenda

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A meeting of chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, called by party president Amit Shah, has set up a committee to devise an agenda for poverty alleviation that could be replicated in all States ruled by the party.

The committee would comprise Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in the meeting that in BJP-ruled states at least, the Centre’s schemes for poverty alleviation and other schemes related to social security should be implemented in an ‘ideal way’ .

“There are some schemes that are only applicable to one State, others that are replicable. This committee will go through all that and come up with a Poverty Alleviation Agenda, that will be implemented in BJP-ruled states,” said Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan.

“Mr. Modi spoke of six areas where the government was keen to see rapid transformation take place — poverty alleviation, rural development, women’s empowerment, employment of youth, good governance and Swachch Bharat,” said Mr. Sahasrabuddhe, who also briefed the media after the day long event.

The setting up of a committee comes a day after Mr. Modi called for “rapid” rather than “incremental” change in the country and its development.

The day long meeting was inaugurated by BJP president Amit Shah who said the party ruled over 51 per cent of the country’s landmass and 37 per cent population, adding that States would play a key role in the success of the Narendra Modi government’s welfare policies as they are responsible for executing 65 of the 80 such schemes launched by it.

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