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'Commission has no powers once decision on special status was taken by Centre', says Finance Minister


June 15, 2014 - Hyderabad

Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu responding over the Planning Commission’s announcement on the special status issue said that the Planning Commission has no powers after a decision was taken by the Central Government. He further said that the Planning Commission is only an advisory body and not a decision making body. Ramakrishnudu further said that the announcement was illegal and the Parliament also approved the decision on Special Status.

It may be recalled here that on February 20, 2014, the former Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh announced of this in Rajya Sabha and said ‘for the purpose of Central assistance, special category status will be extended to the successor state of Andhra Pradesh comprising 13 districts including the four districts of Rayalaseema and three districts of north Andhra for a period of five years. This will put the State’s finance on a firmer footing’, said the Manmohan Singh.

On March 2, 2014, after the Cabinet meeting former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said that the Cabinet gave approval to the announcement made by the Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh for granting special status to Seemandhra for a period of five years. The Cabinet directed the Planning Commission to implement the decision as per the Prime Minister’s announcement’, said the Union Minister.

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