The governing council of the NITI Aayog is likely to accept the Shivraj Singh Chouhan panel’s recommendation to trim the number of centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) to below 30 from 66, at its second meeting on Wednesday, sources said.
The meeting of the governing council, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, comes just about a week ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament. NITI Aayog, which involves active participation of states in policymaking, was set up on January 1, 2015 replacing the Planning Commission.
A sub-committee of the NITI Aayog comprising state chief ministers reached a broad consensus on June 27 to bring down the number of CSS by rationalising and consolidating the schemes. The panel, headed by MP’s CM Chouhan, was tasked in February to study the 66 CSS and recommend which to continue, which to transfer to states and which to cut down.