Urging Nirmala Sitharaman to personally address the injustice meted out to Telangana, Harish Rao said Telangana had been appealing to the Center for the last seven years to release these funds.
Hyderabad: The Telangana government has once again raised the delay on the part of the Center in releasing Rs 495 crore to the state. Which was wrongly transferred to the Government of Andhra Pradesh during the formation of Telangana. In a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday, Finance Minister T Harish Rao said the central government had released Rs 495 crore to Andhra Pradesh in 2014-15 as part of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS).
During the first year after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, grants were allocated between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on the basis of population ratio, especially under CSS. However, these funds were wrongly transferred to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana suffered financial loss, he said.
After the formation of the state, the Government of Telangana has been requesting the Central Government, Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Accountant General of India to adjust the rightful share of Telangana in the CSS matching grants. Harish Rao said in the letter, the efforts so far have not yielded results.
Urging Nirmala Sitharaman to personally address the injustice meted out to Telangana, Harish Rao said Telangana had been appealing to the Center for the last seven years to release these funds. In November, he raised the issue with Sitharaman herself during a pre-budget preparatory meeting. He said the Telangana government had also taken up the matter with the Andhra Pradesh government and the Accountant General, but the amount was yet to be adjusted in the state.
Harish Rao wrote a letter to the Union Finance Minister, demanding the release of Rs 495 crore
Story first published: Monday, January 23, 2023, 16:52 [IST]