This meeting of Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states chaired by the Congress President Deplores the deliberate attempts being made by certain sections of the ruling establishment to disturb social peace and communal harmony and resolves to resist these attempts forcefully; Rejects the boastful claims, exaggerations and downright falsehoods of the Central Government on its achievements over the past year and its systematic efforts to deny the UPA government rightful credit for the undoubted progress made by the country during 2004-14; Expresses grave concern over the Central Government abdicating its primary responsibility in human and social development and the substantial cuts in the Centre’s allocations for essential programmes in areas like education, health, women and child development, drinking water and sanitation, rural roads and livelihoods and agriculture and cooperation and calls upon the Central Government to restore the allocations to these critical programmes; Reiterates its opposition to the hasty and ill-considered abolition of the Planning Commission and to the manner in which the distinction between special category and non special category states has been done away with thereby adversely affecting the eight northeastern states, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir as also the new state of Andhra Pradesh; and demands the restoration of special category status to these states.
Recalls that it was the UPA government that first introduced legislation for GST in March 2011 but which was not allowed to be taken forward by the BJP and points out that the present Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill to allow for GST has several shortcomings that need to be addressed before it finally becomes law. Rejects the proposed amendments to the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 and also the recommended dilutions in the National Food Securit Act, 2013; Opposes in the strongest possible terms the Centre’s moveses to dilute RTI, MGNREGA, the Forest Rights Act, 2006, labour laws and laws related to the protection of environment and forests; Resolves to pass state-level legislation to give statutory status to the Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan and the Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) and demands that the Centre do the same along the lines proposed by the UPA government and for which draft legislation was prepared.
This would be the best tribute to the memory of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary; and Condemns the despicable efforts being made by the ruling establishment to denigrate and destroy the multi-faceted legacy of Jawaharlal Nehru the architect of the modern Indian nationstate and resolves to uphold his vision at all times. The meeting also Demands that the Central government continue with the North-East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy 2007 that was unilaterally scrapped in December 2014; and Calls upon the Centre to work with the State governments in the north-east on matters of internal security, foreign policy and on tackling problems arising out of porous International borders.