Andhra Pradesh CM urges Amit Shah to release grants pending for state

South India

Jagan Mohan Reddy submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi seeking the release of local body grants amounting to nearly Rs 2,254 crore.


Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday requested Union Home Minister Amit Shah to release the grants pending for Andhra Pradesh as early as possible in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants include -- 14th FC Local Body Grants of Rs 2,253.52 crores which are pending for release to the state, Polavaram project reimbursement of Rs 4,006.43 crores which the Government of Andhra Pradesh has already incurred, the development assistance to backward districts due of Rs 700 crores, revenue deficit grant for 2014-15 due of Rs 138.39 crors and balance approved by CAG of Rs 18,830.87 crores, PDS rice subsidy due from 2013-14 to 2016-17 (4 years) of Rs 1600 crores, Capital City Development Grant balance due of Rs 1000 crores and MGNREGS amount pending amount of Rs 3740.53 crores.

The CM has requested to transfer salt lands to the state government for distribution of house sites to weaker sections and dovetailing the same with the sanction of houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). 

He further requested to release sanction orders for land resurveys and modernisation of land surveys and funds.

Earlier, Jagan also urged the Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to reimburse the expenditure of Rs 4006.43 crores already incurred by the state government.

He further asked to authorise NABARD to raise credit for Rs 18,000 crores required for the project activities in the current financial year. He has also asked the central government to approve the revised project cost and authorise NABARD to provide a direct line of credit as a revolving fund with the PPA.

The Chief Minister further requested Union Minister Shekhawat to release funds upfront in tune with National Projects Funding rules, to reduce the burden on the precarious finances of the state.

On September 15, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said that the Central government is working to release the funds related to Polavaram project to Andhra Pradesh at the earliest.

Responding to the issue during zero hour in Rajya Sabha, Sitharaman had said that a discussion is on with the State Finance Minister and she is also in touch with the Union Ministry for clearing the outstanding amount.

Earlier, a delegation of the YSRC MPs and officials from the State government, led by Water Resources Minister P Anil Kumar Yadav, had met  Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawa.

They submitted a memorandum, seeking the release of the pending funds and apprised him of the status of various irrigation projects in the State. 

Anil Kumar was accompanied by YSR Congress Members of Parliament (MPs) PV Midhun Reddy, G Madhav and Krishna Devarayalu.

Polavaram is a multipurpose project being built on river Godavari.

With inputs from ANI


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