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'Fulfil promises made to Andhra' says Jagan at NITI Aayog meeting

16-06-201916-06-2019 12:04:21 IST
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'Fulfil promises made to Andhra' says Jagan at NITI Aayog meeting


As declared before the meeting, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy raised the Special Category Status (SCS) issue of Andhra Pradesh at the NITI Aayog meeting held in New Delhi on Saturday. He termed the status as 'essential lifeline' of Andhra and demanded that the promises that were made earlier on the issue be fulfilled.

"It is disheartening when we hear several rumours and excuses for not granting special category status. In the history of this country no other state was bifurcated with a pre-condition that special category status would be accorded to compensate the economic and financial hardships such bifurcation would entail, which was supported by both ruling and opposition parties that had representatives from all the states," said the newly elected Chief Minister.

Jagan also pointed out the revenue and population imbalance that happened during the bifurcation by stating that AP had inherited 59% of population along with debt but only 47% of the revenue and that the state was disadvantaged by such disproportionate numbers.

Jagan also took a dig at his predecessor Chandrababu Naidu and said that the burden on the state has further increased now because of misgovernance and 'institutionalised corruption' that happened during the last 5 years. A day prior to the meeting, Jagan met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and asked him to consider the issue of granting SCS to Andhra Pradesh. Jagan also discussed river water sharing problem and improper division on assets and liabilities between the two Telugu states.

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