Centre releases Rs 1269 cr for Andhra Pradesh projects

Andhra-Pradesh-AP-Govt-LogoThe Centre releases Rs 1269 cr for Andhra Pradesh projects in the midst of a strain in ties between the NDA and its partner TDP.

The Centre has released a sum of Rs 1,269 crore to Andhra Pradesh under different heads. AP’s finance minister had submitted a memorandum to Arun Jaitley last month stating that a sum of Rs 3,217.63 crore, spent on Polavaram, was yet to be reimbursed. The gross grant included Rs 417.44 crore for the Polavaram multipurpose project, one of the issues of contention between the allies TDP and BJP.

Through the Polavaram Project Authority, the Union Government had so far discharged Rs 4,329 crore for the task, however, the Andhra Pradesh state government said it spent over Rs 7,200 crore after it was pronounced a national venture. The Centre also released Rs 253.74 crore as ‘basic grant’ to urban local bodies in the state.

Aside from this, a sum of Rs 196.92 crore was released for the Anganwadi services and another Rs 31.76 crore was released for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme.