Chandrababu Naidu to meet Modi on 15th to press `Special Category' status
Narendra Ch | 14 Jan 2015

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, whose Telugu Desam party is sharing power with BJP both at the center and also in the state, is worrying over the realization of promised Special Category' status to the state as the Center seems to be non-committal even after seven months of the government formation,.


He is meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday in New Delhi to make things clear. The special category status was announced by the previous UPA government while dividing the state, due to pressure from BJP members, aiming at providing for revenue loss to residuary Andhra Pradesh.

As later, BJP itself formed the government after the polls, being its partner, Naidu was seen confident to get such status with in three months after formation of the government. He his hopeful that such category would attract global and domestic investors, wich would contribute for rapid industralisation of the state.


However, it turned to be a difficult task for the Center as Telangana and several other small states like Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttaranchal and Haryana too have staked claim for the Special Category status which would exempt them from several economic, fiscal and regulatory prerequisites and labor and fiscal restrictions.


More so, with the disbanding of the Planning Commission, the sole authority for extending the special status, both the states may have to wait for some more months, till newly formed Niti-Aayog to come up with the new formula and agenda to fulfill the mandatory norms under the AP Reorganisation Act which was passed in February 2014

Even though Union Minister and AP BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu has been oozing confidence that everything promised will be given, the present environment of Modi cabinet and its doings with fiscal apparatus of the country does not indicate any happy tidings.  There are more indications suggesting Special Category status is not in sight, at least in the near future. For instance, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, YS Chowdary (TDP) maintains that the Centre is in the process of formulating a package for AP which include tax rebates, hinting that there may no grants in aid of the state.   

According to critics, the Central government is not focusing to create infrastructure in Andhra Pradesh to facilitate relocation of the Capital City, but it is more inclined to its own schemes like Mega city, Smart City, Agriculture, IT, and manufacturing clusters under the 'Make in India' campaign.