BJP non-committal over AP special status

jaitlyThe NDA govenment at center remained non-committal on granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley citing reasons like 14 the Finance commission recommendations and stating that the neighbouring states of one state will be affected if special status is given as all the investments flow to this state from the neighboring states.

Arun Jaitley assured the House that the government is committed to fulfill all the promises made in the AP reorganisation act and also to hand hold the revenue deficit state to enable it to progress.

He said the special status promise was not in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 but was made by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the floor of the House. They are looking as how the state can be helped , he told that special package would be given to three states like AP , west Bengal and Kerala, AP would get 2.06 Lakh crore in next 5 years.