Modi government trying to usurp powers of states

Modi government trying to usurp powers of states

AMRAVATI: Alleging that the Centre (Narendra Modi government) was trying to usurp the powers of the states, Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu today strongly objected to the terms and conditions set forth for the 15th Finance Commission for devolution of funds.nn”We strongly object to the terms and conditions set forth for the 15th (Rpt) 15th Finance Commission (FFC) that suggest 2011 population be taken as the base, GST be enhanced and welfare schemes for the poor be reduced.”nn”Already the subsidy component for the poor has been reduced by one per cent last year. This shows the Centre has no real concern for the poor”, he said in a statement.nnThe FFC conditions enable enhancement in the Centre s revenue while slashing the states share in Central taxes.nnMoreover, the weightage proposed to be given to low income states would result in higher fund flow to non-performing states, he said.nnThis would be detrimental to the southern states, Yanamala observed.nnThe Centre claimed that devolution of funds rose from 32 to 42 per cent as per the 14th Finance Commission recommendation. But in reality the financial burden on the states increased by 30 per cent because the funding pattern for Centrally-sponsored schemes was made 60:40, he said.nn”The Centre is trying to usurp the powers of the states.nnIs this cooperative federalism,” he asked.nnThe Centre should consult with all states before formulating the FFC guidelines and do justice, he demanded.nnFinance ministers of all South Indian states would meet in Thiruvananthapuram on April 10 to discuss all these issues, he said.nnSource: Press Trust of India

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