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Govt released Rs 125 bn to Andhra as special assistance: Centre tells RS

Press Trust of India/New Delhi 14 Mar 18 | 07:23 PM

File photo: MP's Telugu Desam protest demanding a special package for AP during the Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi | PTI Photo

The government on Wednesday informed Parliament that a total of Rs 124.76 billion has been released as special assistance to Andhra Pradesh, which includes Rs 25 billion for establishment of the new capital city of the state.

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Union minister of state for home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said the central and the Andhra Pradesh governments have been working together to implement the provisions made in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 (APR Act, 2014) which include establishment of several institutions and launch of certain projects, as mentioned in Schedule XIII of the Act.

"Government of India has released a total amount of Rs 12476.76 crore (124.76 billion)  as special assistance to the state of Andhra Pradesh, which includes Rs 2,500 crore (25 billion) for establishment of the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh," he said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

NDA constituent TDP has pulled out its two ministers -- Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y S Chowdary -- from the central government over failure to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

Ahir said the Andhra Pradesh government has also communicated to the central government on the release of development grants, resource gap and Polavaram project among other issues apart.

It has also communicated on implementation of apportionment of assets and liabilities and division of employees in respect of institutions listed in Schedule IX and X and continuity of services in respect of institutions listed in Schedule X of the APR Act.

"The 14th Finance Commission, without making a distinction amongst states, recommended an enhanced devolution of 42 per cent of the central government's tax revenues to states to cover the resource gap.

"In case of Andhra Pradesh, the Commission recommended that the central government would provide revenue deficit grant of Rs 22,113 crore for a period of five years, in addition to the enhanced tax devolution. Funds have been released to Andhra Pradesh on this account for 2015-16 and 2016-17," he said.

Work related to Schedule IX and X and XIII of the AP Reorganization Act is under progress in consultation with both the state governments, Ahir said.

The Schedule IX of the Act listed the state undertakings like the Andhra Pradesh State Seeds Development Corporation Ltd, Andhra Pradesh State Agro Industrial Development Corporation Ltd, Andhra Pradesh State Warehousing Corporation, Andhra Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd besides others.

The Schedule X of the Act lists training centres and institutions like Andhra Pradesh State Co-operative Union, Environment Protection Training and Research Institute, Andhra Pradesh Forest Academy, Andhra Pradesh State Council of Science and Technology, Andhra Pradesh Study Circle for Backward Classes besides others.

The Schedule XIII of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act is related to establishment of higher education institutes.

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