Swachh Bharat: Siddaramaiah says no to PM Modi’s offer

Bengaluru, PTI | Updated : 22 March 2015, 12:08 AM

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

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

Madhya Pradesh 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 Bharath 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.

First Published: Sunday, March 22, 2015 12:06 AM
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