Amid the protests of AP, for allotting very little to the state in the Union Budget the Centre has released Rs 1,269 crore to Andhra Pradesh in the last few days, according to PTI reports. (“Centre releases 1269 crore to AP”)
“The release [of Rs 417.44 crore] is towards the amount already utilised by the state against the irrigation component [of the Polavaram multipurpose project] after April 1, 2014,” Union Water Resources Ministry’s Senior Joint Commissioner RPS Verma said in an order.
The centre, through the Polavaram Project Authority, had so far released Rs. 4,329 crore for the project while the state government said it spent over Rs. 7,200 crores after it was declared a national project.
The money that the Centre released was a portion of the Rs 3,217.63 crore that Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu had demanded in a memorandum submitted to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in January. This is the money that the state government has already spent on the project.
The centre, meanwhile, also released Rs. 369.16 crore last night under post-devolution revenue deficit grant, as per the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission, to Andhra Pradesh.
The centre directed that the accounts of the scheme “shall be maintained properly and separately” and submitted as and when required.
The Centre also gave Rs 253.74 crore “basic grant” to urban local bodies, Rs 196.92 crore for the Anganwadi services scheme and the supplementary nutrition programme, and Rs 31.76 crore under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme Programme.