Can’t Give Special Status to AP: Arun Jaitley


Following intensified struggle on special status to Andhra Pradesh, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has come out with fresh statement at a press conference in New Delhi. He said the centre is stand by all its commitments regarding special package promised after the bifurcation of the state.

The minister maintained Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ready to extend monetary benefits equivalent of special status as a special package to AP. He said the special status used to be originally granted to North Eastern states because they have their own resources that were inadequate.

The Special category status has been removed in the 14th Finance Commission, Jaitely said it was the reason centre announced special package and also committed to extend the benefits. However, he declined to comment on the quantum of package to be given to the state.

Centre already paid Rs 4,000 crore towards revenue deficit and ready to satisfy every condition of Andhra Pradesh. Centre is ready for the 90-10 formula. The onus is on the state which has to tell what manner it wants it in, the minister explained.