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New Delhi: Mamata Bannerjee the Chief Minister of West Bengal is absent from the first official meeting of the newly constituted Niti Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As per reports the Aayog will discuss various issues relating to policy formulation and coordination among the central and state government.

The President of Bengal BJP unit Rahul Sinha criticized Mamata for avoiding the meeting. He said as various issues relating the upcoming budget will be discussed Mamata’s absence meant a great loss for West Bengal.

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The Aayog will also held a discussion on the upcoming Budget and policies will be discussed with the State Government regarding their opinion and issues Earlier the meeting was to be held on February 6 but was cancelled in lieu of the Delhi Vidhan Sabha polls.

Many eminent figures like Vice Chairman and renowned Economist Arvind Pangaria, retired IAS officer Sindhusri Khullar, Economist Vivek Debray and DRDO Chief V K saraswat are said to be present in the meeting.

As per the reports Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitly, Suresh Prabhu, Radha Mohan Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani and Thebar Chand Gehelot will also be present in the meeting.

The Aayog was formed after PM stripped of the decade old Planning Commission terming it as an obsolete institution.