KCR would skip the NITI Aayog's 7th Governing Council meeting.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao of Telangana sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday advising that he would boycott the seventh Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog . Rao claims that the Center is not treating states as equal partners in its attempts to make India a developed country .

Hyderabad (Telangana) India – August 6: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao of Telangana sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday advising that he would boycott the seventh Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog, scheduled to be held on August 7, as a sign of disobeying the Centre's alleged flagrant discrimination against states including Telangana.Rao claims that the Center is not treating states as equal partners in its attempts to make India a developed country.Chief Minister Rao wrote in the letter on Saturday that I do not find it necessary to attend the 7th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog, which is set to take place on August 7, and that I am withdrawing from it as a sign of deep sadness at the Central Govt's recent tendency to discriminate against the states and not treating them as equal partners in our collective efforts to make India a vibrant and developed nation, according to the letter.He continued that the main tenet was that cooperative federalism was the glue that would unite the states and the Centre as Team India and help India achieve its status as a prosperous nation.

However, recent unsettling events have resulted in an unavoidable conclusion that the Indian federal system is being systematically undermined by the government's deliberate strategies, he said.These developments, it should be said, are demoralizing for states like Telangana.He continued, the blatant discrimination against certain states, even in their essential functions that they are explicitly assigned in the Constitution, leaves a lot to be done.NITI Aayog also approved a Rs 5,000 crore grant for Mission Kakatiya to restore small irrigation tanks in Telangana in 2016.

According to the letter, the Government of India has not only ignored these recommendations but also refused to provide funds for the program.