A delegation of TDP and BJP MPs from Andhra Pradesh led by Union Ministers Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y.S. Chowdary met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Wednesday and urged him to ensure that the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act were implemented in letter and spirit.
A letter addressed to Mr. Singh by Mr. Chowdary was also handed over to the Union Minister during the meeting.
Recalling that the Government of India had made several provisions in the Act and a few announcements on the floor of the Rajya Sabha to create a level playing field and help to bring the State on par with the rest of the country, the letter said, however, the implementation of these provisions leaves much to be desired.
It mentioned that the Special Category is not being declared by the Central government as per assurance given by former Prime Minister on floor of Rajya Sabha on February 20, 2014.
The fiscal incentives, including tax concessions, on the lines extended to other States, have not been finalised satisfactorily.
The letter said the Special Development Package for the backward districts is nowhere in sight except for ad hoc announcement of Rs.50 crore for each of the seven identified districts for this financial year.
The revenue deficit for 2014-15 needs to be made good by the Government of India and the deficit till March end is projected to be about Rs.15,000 crore.
Apart from seeking considerable financial support for creating a new capital city, the letter also mentioned about several institutions of higher learning and several infrastructure projects.