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No chance of AP getting SCS: Venkaiah

Sun, Sep 11, 2016, 06:29 PM
Hyderabad, Sept.11: Even as Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Leader of the Opposition and YSRCP president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy were proclaiming that they would not relent until the Union government granted Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh, Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu here on Sunday reiterated that there was no chance of the Centre giving Special Category Status to the residuary State. However, he admitted that SCS would be more beneficial to the State.

Speaking to media persons here, the Union Minister said as per the fiat of the 14th Finance Commission, there would be no chance of Andhra Pradesh getting special status. He also charged the Congress for vertically splitting united Andhra Pradesh State without taking into consideration the provisions of Reorganization of Act. More over, the Congress regime had not included “Special Category Status” to the residual State in the AP Reorganization Act of 2014, he added.

Stating that there were lacunae in the AP Reorganization Act, the Union minister said the BJP-led NDA government was keen on making good the losses suffered by the residuary State. He also ridiculed the mischievous campaign that every village in Andhra Pradesh would become another Hyderabad within six months with the Special Category Status.

He said the financial package of Rs 2.25 lakh crore announced by the Centre would benefit the residuary State more than the Special Category Status being demanded by it. He asserted that the State would benefit with the special package. The SCS would have brought development to only certain sectors whereas the financial package will result in speedy and overall development in the entire State, he said.

Stating that he was “hurt” by the “harsh” words spoken against him by the Opposition in the past few days, Venkaiah reminded that he was the only person, who tried to ensure that AP was duly compensated when the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 was discussed in Parliament. But my suggestions were not included in the Act then, he added. Venkaiah assured that the Centre would bear the 100 per cent expenditure for the completion of the Polavaram project.

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