Seemandhra may not qualify for Special Status as announced by Prime Minister
February 23, 2014 - Hyderabad
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has put the Centre in a piquant situation following his announcement in Rajya Sabha that special status category for Seemandhra for a period five years.
It may be recalled that Manmohan Singh who announced on February 20 among other incentives included a six point package, Special Category State status, Tax benefits and 90 per cent of Centre aid as grant.
To qualify special status as per Ministry of Planning criteria, a State is eligible for special status if it is marked by hilly and difficult terrain, low population density and/or sizeable share of tribal population, national security concerns, economic and infrastructural backwardness and non-viable financial situation.
Since Seemandhra region does not come under any of the above under National Development council criteria. The Council can only amend or relax the criteria according to sources and is being headed by Prime Minster. All the Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, administrators of Union territories and Planning Commission members are its members.
In the given above circumstances, it is doubtful whether Seemandhra may not get or may not get a special package from the Central Government.