TS, AP of­fi­cials to talk on split is­sues at Amar­a­vati

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY -

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

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