Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu welcomes the Special Package announced by Central government for the state of AP
Speaking to reporters He said, Already two and half years time has lapsed in implementing the promises made in AP reorganisation act. He always wanted to have Special category status to AP, But if center is not in a position to accord it due to technicality, It should give everything equivalent that state gets from special status. He said, If he fights for special status and reject this special package , the state would be in loss.
He said, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has mentioned about the special package based on four documents like AP Reorganization Act ,, 14th finance commission, ,Former Prime minister assurances in Rajya sabha and Recommendations with regard to the assistance to the state by Niti Aayog. Finance minister has also mentioned that Polavaram Project becomes national project, funding from that date onwards is going to be met by Centre. But there are more things to be addressed by the Finance minister.
He said, For construction of state capital , Center has given 2500 crore till now and 1000 crore will be given in future , This amount is not sufficient for construction of an International standard city. Congress govt has drafted to construct govt buildings in capital, Constructing building structure does not make a city. Infrastructure is most important and all center government’s regional offices has to be established in the Headquarters of the state.
He said, The center should clear queries regarding revenue deficit. The center should very soon take a decision on Railway zone and announce it. The center has to complete establishment of Institutions in the state. It has to take a decision regarding increasing of constituencies . Polavaram is the life of AP, it should be completed as soon as possible. The amount of 1800 crores spent by the state , has to be reimbursed. The center should also announce the tax incentives to the state.
He said, Andhra Pradesh needs hand-holding by Centre to get the level playing status . The center should bring a GO drafting the special package so that it becomes a law. There should be implementing all the promises in a time bound without any delay.