Centre releases Rs 1269 crore grant for Andhra Pradesh

Centre releases Rs 1269 crore grant for Andhra Pradesh

Centre releases Rs 1269 crore grant for Andhra Pradesh

"The issues are being sorted out and the concerns over other promised projects will also be solved amicably", he told the media.Dismissing allegations that the Centre was treating AP in a step-motherly fashion, Haribabu defended the NDA government by citing the financial assistance released for various Central schemes in the State. This grant comes as a reimbursement for the Rs 3,217.63 crore spent by the state over this much-deemed project.

On Thursday, the issue of special status to Andhra Pradesh also created an uproar in the Rajya Sabha, when Union minister YS Chowdary suggested that since provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act have not been implemented, the matter should be addressed by the finance minister.

The Centre paid ₹3,979.5 crore to the State government towards the deficit for the first year, 2014-15.

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Out of the total Rs 1,269 crore, as per the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission, the Centre granted Rs 369.16 crore to Andhra Pradesh under post-devolution revenue deficit grant.

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He said that many works related to the state's development were "at a very advanced stage" and that various central ministries have been asked to look into and take "early decisions" related to various demands of the state.

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Congress national president Rahul Gandhi yesterday expressed support for granting of special status to the state of Andhra Pradesh and for speedy completion of Polavaram project.

"When the state was bifurcated into Andhra and Telangana (in 2014), we were amongst he members who had strongly felt that as a result of bifurcation, some justice has to be done to the residuary Andhra Pradesh state because it was going to lose large part of its revenue", Jaitley said in Rajya Sabha before replying to the debate on Budget.

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