NITI Aayog ruled out special status to Andhra Pradesh: Venkaiah
NITI Aayog ruled out special status to Andhra Pradesh: Venkaiah [Governance]
The Centre was almost prepared to grant the Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh but two factors dissuaded it from going ahead — clamour from nine more States for the same tag and NITI Aayog ruling out the possibility.
NITI Aayog ruled it out citing the 14th Finance Commission report that had made it clear that it would not make any distinction between special and general category States.
It took into account disabilities arising out of constraints unique to each State to arrive at expenditure needs and recommended filling of resource gaps mainly through increased tax devolution.
Where devolution was not able to cover the assessed gap, it had recommended post-devolution grants for revenue deficit and the Centre has agreed to take that responsibility in the case of AP spread over five years.