New Delhi: A day after, Telangana CM KCR had met Modi, it is now Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy who called on the Prime Minister on Saturday at the Nation’s capital. The challenges being faced by the state and seeking pending funds from the Centre stood as the agenda for the meeting reportedly. Jagan has also invited Modi to grace the launching event of ‘YSR Rythu Bharosa’ scheme.
Jagan has appealed for an additional grant-in-aid. While the estimated grant-in-aid from the Centre is to the tune of Rs 61,071.51 crores, only Rs. 6,739 crores was granted so far according to vote on account budget, said Jagan. He requested the Prime Minister to release the allocated Rs 50,000 crores in a timely manner thereby contributing to the development of the state. Jagan also appealed to provide an additional Rs 40,000 crore under the grant-in-aid.
Revenue deficit factor was also brought to the notice of the Prime Minister in this meeting. Jagan stated that CAG has estimated the revenue deficit to be Rs 22,948.76 crore at the time of bifurcation in 2014–15 and so far only Rs 3,979.50 crore has been granted by the centre. Challenges including implementation of the Polavaram irrigation project, the new capital city and bifurcation issues were also brought to the notice of the Prime Minister.
The meeting also addressed the decisions taken by the chief ministers of the Telugu states on developing the backward villages, linking Krishna and Godavari rivers, financial support for projects under the state bifurcation law, Navratnas and others. Jagan has also appealed Modi to consider Special Category Status for the state to reduce economic inequality. In a meeting that lasted for an hour, Modi paid attention to Jagan’s and had promised that he would look into the issues.