Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday evening in New Delhi and reiterated the demand to accord the special category status to the state and also to fulfill other provisions laid in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2014.
Jagan led YSRCP had pledged its support to the ruling BJP in the issue of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill that was passed by the Parliament on Tuesday.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by his party MPs in Rajya Sabha including MP V Vijayasai Reddy. The leaders have requested the Centre to take note of its distressed finances and how the distress increased post bifurcation.
The AP delegation led by CM Jagan was handed over a long list of requests for the consideration of the Centre. The state reportedly sought GST and Income Tax exemption along with 100 percent insurance premium reimbursement.
The state also requested the Centre to reimburse the costs accrued on the Polavaram project which stands at Rs 5,103 crore and for another 16,000 crore in this financial year for land acquisition and rehabilitation.
They also requested for a grant of 23,300 crore for the development of Backward districts in the state similar to the Koraput-Balangir-Kalahandi scheme in Odisha and asked the Centre to pitch in and clear the state of its revenue deficit which is Rs 22,948 crore.
The delegation requested to fasten the release of Rs 2,500 crores grant that the Centre had promised for the construction of state capital while stating that the state government will come up with a new estimate after probing the irregularities in the capital projects.
Jagan sought Centre’s support in various projects to be initiated in the state like interlinking of Godavari and Krishna rivers to supply water to the drought prone Rayalaseema region.
They also asked for the Centre’s support to set up the Kadapa steel plant and a port at Ramayapatnam in compliance with the AP reorganization Act 2014.