Centre Says No Special Status
- Special Assistance for AP
New Delhi: The NDA government made it officially clear that Andhra Pradesh will get special assistance but not special status.
After a day-long deliberations, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Information & Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu held joint media conference late in Wednesday evening at 11.00 pm. They said the revenue deficit faced by AP would be made good by the centre. Construction of Polavaram project is centre’s responsibility. The Union government would also help in building capital. Various departments would take care of the promises made in the Reorganisation Act.
Jaitley said AP would be getting all the benefits promised by the outgoing prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh. Saying that there was nothing wrong in AP asking for a special status, only north-eastern States and hilly State of Himachal Pradesh are entitled for special status. The 14th Finance Commission had ruled out special status for any more States, explained Jaitley.