In a first of its kind move, the Andhra Pradesh assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning the indifferent attitude of the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre in fulfilling the promises made in AP Reorganisation Act, including granting of special category status to the state.
Moving the resolution, Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu stepped up his attack on the Centre for ignoring the Act and giving step-motherly treatment to the state.
“Besides granting special category status as promised by the former Prime Minister in Parliament during passage of AP Reorganisation Act, the Centre has to provide financial assistance to the construction of capital city Amaravati, grant separate railway zone, establish Dugarajapatnam port, steel factory at Kadapa and petro-chemical complex and resolve many other demands, including special package for the backward districts on the lines of Bundelkhand,” the resolution said.
It also pointed out that the Centre had not responded positively to any of these issues, but creating a lot hurdles in the implementation of the act.
“On the other hand, it is accusing the state of not submitting the utilisation certificates for the funds released so far. This House strongly condemns the callousness of the Centre towards rescuing the state,” the resolution said.
The assembly also demanded that the Centre should grant special category status to AP and give all tax incentives and GST exemptions being given to the north-east and Himalayan states.
“We strongly condemn the humiliating comments made by the people in highest positions on our demands,” the resolution added.