Explaining her decision to skip the Chief Ministers’ conference on Wednesday in Delhi, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday said the conference carried a long agenda and mentioning just the titles itself would take 10 minutes, which was the time allotted to CMs to make speeches.
She said as CMs, they were able to make meaningful contributions to the discussions, so that the Centre was aware of ground realities.
“Only this will enable us to formulate policies and allocate resources based on real need,” she said and added that under the present dispensation at the Centre, the conferences with Chief Ministers on important issues had been reduced to being a ritual, with the CMs being constantly guillotined to cut short their speeches.
The CM said rather than attending a conference where CMs were being rail-roaded to finish speeches quickly, she would be deputing K P Munusamy, Minister for Municipal Administration, Law, Courts and Prisons, the Home Secretary and DGP to attend on her behalf.
She added that she had given earnest consideration to all items on the meeting’s agenda to highlight issues confronting the State.