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All Commitments to Andhra Will be Fulfilled: Jaitley

Centre is going to honour each one of those commitments in letter and spirit,\" the Finance Minister said.

Published: 15th March 2016 03:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th March 2016 03:02 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today assured Rajya Sabha that the Centre will fullfil all commitments made towards Andhra Pradesh in 'letter and spirit', following protests by some Congress members.    

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Leader of the Opposition and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said two years ago when the state of Telengana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh, the biggest issue among the two was of capital Hyderabad.     

Hyderabad went to Telengana, leading to a revenue loss to Andhra Pradesh, he said, adding then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on the floor of Rajya Sabha on February 20, 2014 announced measures to mitigate the hardship of Andhra Pradesh including formation of new capital.     

Some Congress members including J D Seelam, Renuka Chowdhury and K V P Ramachandra Rao trooped into the Well raising slogans and demanding reply from the government.     

In his response, Jaitley said Centre is fully committed to help Andhra Pradesh.     

"Centre is fully committed to helping the newly created state after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh...There are several commitments which are involved in the AP Reorganisation Act.

Centre is going to honour each one of those commitments in letter and spirit," the Finance Minister said.     

Referring to the revenue deficit, Jaitley said "each paisa or rupee of this revenue deficit is being paid to Andhra Pradesh...we will continue to pay that".     

He said institutions have to be set up in Andhra Pradesh.

Foundation stones have been laid, funds have been sanctioned and in some cases work is also in an advance stage, he said.    

On the new capital, Jaitley said the state is making considerable "headway" towards it. Funds have been sanctioned and more would be released towards it, he added.     

Keeping the limitations of the 14th Finance Commission and resources, "whatever commitment have been made is going to be honoured", the Minister said.     

However, the agitating Congress remained unsatisfied and kept raising slogan.



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