HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh government’s displeasure over the paltry allocations made to the State in the Union Budget was learly reflected in Governor ESL Narasimhan’s address to the joint session of the AP Legislature here on Saturday. While addressing both the Houses on the opening dayof the Budget session of the StateLegislature ,Narasimhan said: “During these few months, the State anticipated a more favourable support from the Centre.
A more favourable response is still awaited.” “Our expectations for the State in the Union Budget 2015-16 did not fructify,” he added.
The Governor recalled the assurances made to AP, at the time of state bifurcation, on several fronts including bridging of the revenue deficit, industrial incentives, a special development package for seven backward districts, financial assistance for construction of a new state capital, creation of a new railway zone in the state and grant of Special Status. “The 14th Finance Commission has not given any special preference to the State despite requests for handholding support,” he said.
AP had lost a significant resource base after the division and was at a disadvantageous position to compete with its revenue-surplus neighbouring states.
The Centre should give necessary assistance to AP to enable it to do so, he said. The Governor maintained that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had availed himself of every opportunity to meet the Prime inister,the Union Finance Minister and other central ministers to strongly put forward the state’s case for urgent and adequate financial assistance.