Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy met Union Home Minister Amit Shah at New Delhi, and reiterated about Special Category status and asked to release assured revenue deficit amount Rs 18, 969.26 crore to the state.
They also discussed on approval of Polavaram project estimates and other promises made during state bifurcation and funds to backward districts of the state.
The AP CM sought Amit Shah to issue orders to the relevant departments to take up the project to supply Godavari flood water to Nagarjuna sagar and Srisailam projects. He said the areas of Rayalaseema and Krishna delta regions that are facing water crisis for drinking and irrigation will benefit.
‘The state bifurcation had adverse effects on the service sector and industrial sector. Their proportion has reduced to 68.2 percent from 76.2 percent,’ Chief Minister told Amit Shah and also stated that these problems can be overcome by only special category status. He reminded Amit Shah about the assurance of discussing with the Comptroller Auditor General of India (CAG) to correct the revenue deficit for the year 2014-15. Chief Minister insisted on Special category status so that industries prefer Andhra Pradesh to Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.
Jagan also asked the Centre to arrange funds to different projects like construction of the port at Ramayapatnam in Prakasam district, Visakhapatnam-Chennai industrial corridor, Petrochemical complex at Kakinada, and also mentioned to fulfill the bifurcation promise of establishment of steel plant in Kadapa.
YS Jagan Mohan Reddy appealed to allocate the pending funds for backward districts considering the low per capita income in among such districts in the state. Of the Rs 2100 crores allocated for seven backward districts in the state, so far, only Rs 1050 crore has been given by the central government. The Chief Minister urged to release the remaining amount.
CM Jagan Mohan Reddy also asked Amit Shah to grant Rs. 55,548.87 crore as per the revised estimates of the Polavaram project.