HYDERABAD: Against the backdrop of YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s efforts to rake up the issue of granting ‘special category to Andhra Pradesh’ ahead of the presentation of Union budget for 2016-17 in Parliament, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday, exuded confidence that the Centre would take a positive decision on this crucial issue.
“I have urged Prime Minister Modi to accord special status to the residuary AP as per the promise made during bifurcation, besides announcing a special financial package to make the State cope with challenges thrown up by unjust bifurcation. The Prime Minister positively responded to my plea and said he had received NITI Aayog’s report on these issues,” Naidu said.
Chandrababu, who held a series of meetings with the Prime Ministers and other minister from the morning till evening, told mediapersons that the Prime Minister was ready to come to the rescue of the state by releasing funds liberally.
Armed with various reports on the poor financial position of the State and accompanied by Union Science and Technology Minister Y Sujana Chowdary, CM Naidu met several Union Ministers to request them to sanction new projects to AP, besides releasing sufficient funds to complete all the pending projects to fulfil promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.