Union Government reciprocates its stand on Special Category status to Andhra Pradesh


Since making it to the power in 2019 General elections, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has been asking the Narendra Modi-led Union Government to grant special status to the state.

However, the Modi government is adamant about the special status issue. Reciprocating its previous stand, the Centre once again said there is no possibility to grant the special status.

The Centre announced its stand in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.TDP Srikakulam MP Kinjarapu Rammohan Naidu raised a question on the long-waiting demand for special status.

Replying to his question, Union minister of state for finance Nityananda Roy said the special status for Andhra Pradesh is a closed chapter. Citing the recommendations of the 14th finance commission, the Minister said special status shall not be given to any state.

The Minister added that the Union Government has granted exemptions in several sectors and a special package of financial assistance has been extended to lend a helping hand to Andhra Pradesh.

The Union Minister has also responded to the issued between the Telugu states. The solution for the disputes does not lie with the Union Government and the two states should resolve the issues, the Union Minister said.

Both the previous Congress government and the Centre and the current Modi government had promised to grant special category to Andhra Pradesh which was left with no capital after the bifurcation of Telangana.

Narendra Modi himself promised to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh in the temple city Tirupati in 2019. But the Modi government had broken its promise given to Andhra Pradesh.