It is a Huge disappointment for the state of Andhra Pradesh , which is expecting Special category status for last two and half years.
The center has clarified that there would be no special status for AP and the state will be provided monetary compensation through externally aided projects.
After day-long suspense, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made an announcement regarding the special package. He made it clear that then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement made in Rajya Sabha on Feb 20, 2014 for according special status to Andhra Pradesh can’t be implemented as the 14th Finance Commission has recommended that the special category status can be given to only hill states and North-Eastern states.
He said, They have decided to give a special assistance measure for the state of Andhra Pradesh wherein an amount equivalent to what they would have got if that statement could have been implemented, will be compensated to the state by virtue of externally aided projects.
It was a disappointment for TDP, The party was expecting a massive financial package for the state, if not the special category status. Even Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed the same indirectly. Although, he stated that he welcomes the package.
The opposition parties are outrightly opposing the special package, are now planning to start agitations by going into public and launching protests.