Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has skipped the second meeting of a ‘High-Powered Committee of Chief Ministers for Transformation of Indian Agriculture’ being organised by Niti Aayog in Mumbai on Friday.
Instead, he has deputed Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment Minister Arun Sahoo to represent the State at the crucial meeting.
Before leaving for Mumbai, Sahoo said that the State Government will place various proposals for development of skills, income of farmers and agricultural productivity during the meeting.
The meeting to be chaired by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who happens to be the convenor of the high-powered committee, will have discussions on seven agendas for bringing an overall development in the agriculture sector, sources added.
Notably, Fandavis during the first meeting of the ‘High-Powered Committee of Chief Ministers for Transformation of Indian Agriculture’ opined that the Central Government should link grants and allocations made by the Finance Commission to States with reforms in the agriculture sector.