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Arun Jaitley calls Andhra Pradesh split Partition, says AP Act is a commitment

Thu, May 05, 2016, 01:26 PM
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act provisions are a commitment and the provisions cannot be denied to AP, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely stated in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The Centre however, denied the main point of the Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.

Speaking on the Finance Bill, which was later adopted, the Minister sauid the AP Reorganisation Act as such was thrust on the BJP-led NDA government by the previous Congress-led UPA government, still his government took it as a commitment.

The NDA was giving Andhra all that it could give such as funds for Polavaram, setting up Central institutions in the State which it lacked because all were now in Telangana and also for capital construction. He assured the State that there would be special funds under the Polavaram project.

In the first year of AP's separation, there is some dispute as to the revenue deficit which would be settled in favour of AP, he added.

Giving figures, the Minister said in the first year of AP, the revenue deficit was Rs 14,100 crore, in 2015-15 it was Rs 21,900 crore. All the money was the right of Andhra, and it was no favour, he added.

At one stage, the Minister made the Freudian slip of Partition as against the acceptable word of Split of Combined Andhra Pradesh. Although a slip, the word Partition gave it all away, and the Centre should carry out all its commitments for AP.

He justified the special funds for AP on the ground that there were severe drought-prone districts.
Agency: Ap7am Desk
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