Did Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley snub the AP delegation headed by Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishundu? The New Delhi sources say yes. Jaitley had handed over a piece of paper containing the details of money released to the State under the special package. The paper projected the funds released to the State at Rs 12,476.76 crore under various heads.
The Finance Minister had also reportedly told the AP team that it was considering the Chief Minister’s request of arranging Rs 16,725 crore under the special package as a loan from the NABARD and not as external loan from foreign institutions.
Jaitley’s list included release of Rs 3,979.50 crore towards revenue deficit, Rs 1,050 crore for the seven backward districts of Rayalaseema and north Andhra, Rs 2,500 crore for provision of basic infrastructure in the new capital Amaravati, and Rs 4,947.26 crore for the Polavaram Project.
In addition to this, the Central government had paid Rs 54.51 crore for AIIMS, Rs 65.49 crore for IIT, Rs 20.10 crore for IIIT, Rs 42.96 crore for IIM, Rs 64 crore for IISER and Rs 130 crore for Agriculture University. This amount was paid to the State government under the Schedule 13 of the AP Reorganisation Act. This amounted to Rs 608.06 crore, the Union Finance Minister told the AP team.
The Central government had also paid Rs 2.64 crore towards the metro rail projects for Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada. The Central government had also cleared a Rs 70.78 crore National Disaster Management Institute south India campus in Andhra Pradesh.
However, the Union Finance Minister and his officials have complained against the failure of the State government in sending the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for the metro rail or the capital city projects. The Union Ministry also complained about the non-compliance of the State by sending the utilisation certificates for the funds released so far.
This is in addition to the projects sanctioned under the national highways, national waterways and airports development in the State.
Having faced toughest encounter with the Union finance minister, the AP team had returned blaming the BJP leadership. The AP delegation headed by the State Finance Minister and the State Planning Board could not answer any of the questions raised by the Union Finance Ministry leave alone mounting pressure on the Central government as it claims in Amaravati.
The BJP leaders said that the Central government had released more funds than promised but the state had misused all the money. Besides the Rs 12,476.76 crore, the Centre had released Rs 608.06 crore for Central institutions, Rs 2.64 crore for metro rail projects and Rs 70.78 crore for the Disaster Management Institute, which all amounted to Rs 13,158.24 crore to the State for which the State had not send the utilisation certificates. In addition to this amount, the Central government is working on providing Rs 16,725 crore under special package through the NABARD. Once this NABARD loan is arranged, the State would get a total of Rs 29,883.24 crore towards the bifurcation package, the BJP leaders claim and allege that the TDP was misleading the people. This amount is in addition to the regular flow of funds under various departments from the Centre to the States.
Now, the TDP would have to answer these claims of the Centre before or even after breaking the alliance to blame the BJP.