State BJP seeks Rs 1400 cr grant from Centre to wipe out budget deficit

State BJP seeks Rs 1400 cr grant from  Centre to wipe out budget deficit

Dimapur, April 25: The State BJP delegation camping in New Delhi for the last couple of days on Wednesday sought a one time grant of Rs 1400 crore special Central assistance to Nagaland to wipe out the State budgetary deficit.
The delegation comprising the State BJP president and 10 State BJP legislators led by Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton also sought provision of the long due and pending amount of Rs 863 crore for completion of pending SPA projects sanctioned by the erstwhile Planning Commission and also recommended by the Niti Aayog.
The delegation also requested that the State share towards CSS, NEC and NLCPR should be waived off in case of all revenue deficit states because they do not have any resources to provide the State share and therefore do not get any money under the so called centrally sponsored schemes.
The delegation made the plea to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh after calling on him at his residential office at New Delhi today, informed Kuolie Mere, PRO (IPR), Nagaland House, New Delhi.
The delegation appraised Rajnath Singh that the State of Nagaland from its inception has been lacking economic viability because of which from the day one it was provided in the historic 16 point agreement that the State of Nagaland shall need central grants both for administrative expenses as well as development. The development needs for Nagaland for many years were met by liberal grants under State Plan whether by way of additional Central Plan assistance or by way of special Plan assistance which all stopped with the replacement of Planning Commission by Niti Aayog, they bemoaned. Furthermore even enhancement of devolution by 14th Finance Commission did not have additional positive impact on finances of the State because of it being revenue deficit.
Ironically had there been no enhancement in devolution Nagaland would have got a much larger revenue deficit grant. So that reality is that the State is actually receiving share in Central taxes at much lower rate than what was computed by 14th Finance Commission due to much lesser realisation of Central taxes vis-a-vis what was estimated by Finance Commission, because of which there is a huge budgetary deficit, the delegation told Rajnath.
There are no resources available to meet state share for availing centrally sponsored schemes and for doing the development of State, they said while seeking the one time grant.
The delegation also requested that two immediate special packages of “untied funds” be sanctioned to meet development needs of most backward areas of Eastern Nagaland and also for creating an Airport in Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.
The delegation further stressed that the Central Government must realise that a revenue deficit State like Nagaland cannot develop at all if the Central assistance was not provided.
Claiming the people of Nagaland because of having suffered for long are impatient and meeting their legislators everyday and asking them as to why even after voting BJP alliance to power in Nagaland, they are not getting enough funds for development, the delegation urged Rajnath that sooner the Central Government appreciates this, better it will be for Government of Nagaland to govern the State effectively.
The delegation further prayed for an immediate solution to the “Naga political issue” because people of Nagaland had agreed to an election this time only in anticipation of a quick solution to the long lasting problem which hinders the state’s development. (Page News Service)