Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu remarked that the Union Government's support to the state was not up to the mark. Addressing a public meeting in Brahmanapalli village, in Piduguralla mandal, of Guntur district, on Friday, he said that though the Union government was supposed to fill the entire revenue deficit of the state as mentioned in the AP State Reorganisation Act, the Centre had only released Rs 2,800 crore against the actual revenue deficit of Rs 15,000 crore.
Asserting that the Centre was only extending nominal support to the state, he said several issues that were mentioned in the State Reorganisation Act like special category status, railway zone, industry incentives, funds for construction of capital city and backward areas of the state are yet to be addressed by the Centre.
“Despite financial crunch and only getting nominal support from the Centre, the State government was going ahead with the implementation of the crop loan waiver scheme requiring Rs 24,000 crore. We have already made the first phase payments and are going to deposit Rs 3,200 crore funds in the accounts of farmers under the second phase,” the chief minister said.