On Tuesday the centre has finally made it clear that there is no question of granting SCS. It is heard that the centre is not going to give any other assistances demanded.
“It is not possible to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh, just because of it has been made a sentimental issue. We cannot succumb to pressures from political parties agitating in Delhi and elsewhere,” Union finance minister Arun Jaitely is learnt to have told a delegation of the TDP MPs.
Tax incentives to industries on the lines of north-east states and Himalayan states would also not be given, the centre said.
Stating that the centre is not having enough funds to allocate or honour all the demands made by the state, the centre has rejected the state demands.
We need to allocate funds to the Defence needs of the country, Jaitely told the MPs harshly.
The centre is made it clear that it is not going to grant anything except what was agreed earlier as part of special financial package, such as reimbursement of revenue deficit and assistance for externally aided projects.
“Unless the state submits accounts for the earlier releases, no fresh funds would be released to the state,” the department said.
If this is the way of the centre, it is going to face negativity in the coming general assembly elections in the state.