TS, AP officials to talk on split issues at Amaravati
Finance department officials of both TS and AP are meeting on Wednesday at Amaravati to discuss interstate adjustments between the states.
There is a dispute between the two states regarding the sharing of funds released by the Centre for Centrally sponsored schemes, externally aided projects and others in the combined state of AP.
TS is claiming that AP has to give about `3,000 crore as its share, but AP is denying the TS argument as the funds were spent in the Telangana area.
The Centre had released `1621.52 crore to AP (combined) for various Centrally-sponsored schemes. After bifurcation the amount had to be shared between both the states. As per the request of the TS government the AG adjusted `169.46 crore in November 2015 and stated that this was TS share of the money amounting to `955.75 crore.
TS said the amount was not distributed as per population ratio as envisaged in the AP Reorganization Act. The TS argument is that out of the `955.75 crore apportioned between the two states `808.26 crore pertains to Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) of which Telangana got only `143.44 crore.
The AG told the TS government that out of the 40 sanctioned projects amounting to `665.87 crore, details of 30 sanctioned projects amounting to `480.62 crore was available and stated that the share of TS is only `16.96 crore. The TS argument is that since most of the schemes are of universal nature like old age pensions it should get its share on population basis.
Between June and October in 2014 the Centre had released `478.68 crore for reimbursement of Externally Aided Project (EAP) loans. TS claims in this `108.67 crore belongs to it as the projects are being executed in this region and the entire loan burden is borne by it. TS said that AP did not pay `98.02 crore to TS for supply of nutritious food by the Telangana Foods Company. The TS argument is that AP has to pay `208.24 crore as adjustment of excess input tax and `141.69 crore towards excess payment by TS towards Power Finance Corporation bonds.
TS IS CLAIMING that AP has to give about `3,000 crore as its share, but Andhra Pradesh is rejecting the TS argument as the funds were spent in the Telangana area