Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said that he has declined an offer by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the convenor of a task force to implement “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” and instead preferred to be just a member.

“I have been made convenor. I have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying I would prefer to be a member, not convenor of the task force to implement Swachhh Bharat Abhiyan,” he said here.

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) has notified three sub-groups as decided during the first meeting chaired by Modi.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will chair the sub-group on centrally sponsored schemes (CSS), Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on skill development and Siddaramaiah on Swachh Bharat.