All promises under Reorganisation Act will be fulfilled

HYDERABAD: Union minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu has assured the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh that the Centre would fulfill all the promises made under   A. P.  Reorganisation Act 2014.

Addressing a press conference at the State BJP office here on Sunday, the Union Minister said the government firmly believes in cooperative federalism and strong India through strong States and “Team India” approach.

Allaying apprehensions of the Andhra Pradesh government, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said  the state  would get a total of Rs. 2.06 lakh as a result of enhanced devolution in the 14th Finance Commission as well as in the budget during the next five years. Of the total funds allotted, Rs.8654 crore are grants to panchayats, Rs. 3636 crore for urban bodies and Rs. 261 crore for grants to judiciary, he said.

AP will get every year about Rs. 41,364 crore. The State would receive receive an additional amount of Rs 29,374 core every year during the next five years as per the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, he said.

The 14th Finance Commission had examined the financial situation of the residuary AP as brought out by the state government in the white paper on state finances and made the recommendations, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said adding that the state may still need support for financing certain activities like building a new capital city, which can be pursued with the central government.

The Minister admitted that the sanction of Rs.100 crore for Polavaram, a national project, was not sufficient but the State Government should have sent detailed proposals spelling out the requirements. He pointed out that the centre had included Metro rail projects of Vizag and Vijayawada in the budget.

Union minister of State Bandaru Dattatreya, Telangana State BJP president G Kishan Reddy, party floor leader Dr K Laxaman, Khairtabad MLA Chintala Ramachandra Reddy and others were present at the press conference. (NSS)

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