GVL Narasimha Rao, the member of Rajya Sabha has clarified that special category status is applicable only to Andhra Pradesh and thus it was removed from the docket for the multilateral conference of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Centre on unsettled issues of bifurcation. In Rajamahendravaram on Sunday, he said in front of the media that there was no intention to include it primarily on the agenda and then remove it.
Special Category Status is applicable only to AP, but not TS : GVL
As it is not a joint issue between AP and Telangana, it has been excised. Had it remained on the agenda, new stumbling blocks could have been raised. So, it was dropped. Narasimha Rao said, special category status is no longer in favour currently. The Union government is compensating AP in many other ways and providing financial support on an exceptional scale.
The Union government offered Rs 22,223 crore subsidy in the name of ration and a Rs 30,000 crore subsidy for the PM Awas Yojana scheme. The Centre would sophisticate 8,285km of NH at a cost of Rs 35,000 crore. It also redered Rs 3,200 crore for the drinking water scheme. The funds may be shifted to other states, unless the state government pays its share before 31st of March.
Rao is striving for the development of the state. He ordered that the state government should clear the loan over a period of 50 years, which it took to complete several projects.