VISAKHAPATNAM: Rajya Sabha MP T Subbarami Reddy has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh as per the AP Reorganisation Act.
He wanted the Centre to provide adequate financial assistance for building a new capital for the truncated Andhra Pradesh.
The Rajya Sabha member pointed out that the people of Andhra Pradesh were very anxiously waiting for fulfillment of several commitments made in the AP Reorganisation Bill.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Subbarami Reddy pointed out that a special development package was promised for the backward regions of Andhra Pradesh, particularly Rayalaseema, and three districts of Coastal Andhra and requested that the funds be released immediately.
He urged the Centre to provide necessary financial assistance to the cash-strapped Andhra Pradesh and bridge the revenue gap of about `15,691 crore.
Reddy also wanted the government to declare the Polavaram project a national project and provide sufficient funds for its speedy completion.