9 other states asking for special status – Naidu

Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that when the discussion of Special status was brought in the Parliament, 9 other states supported Andhra Pradesh’s request and added that those 9 states also requested for Special status.

Speaking in Vijayawada he said “There are certain benefits that come with the special status, no doubt.  But special status is not a Sanjeevani, not a panacea”.

On the grant of special status to AP, the Union Minister said a dilemma had arisen following the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission.

“The Prime Minister told the (AP) Chief Minister about this, but the latter wanted a decision taken on the special status at the earliest,” he added.

The Finance Commission has come out with some proposals to bridge the revenue deficit of AP due to the bifurcation. The Centre is examining them and a decision would be taken expeditiously, Naidu said.

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