The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Tuesday has written a letter to the Centre demanding a special status to Andhra Pradesh, as assured in the AP Reorganisation Act 2014.
The APCC has urged the Centre to ensure fulfilling all the provisions in the AP Reorganisation Act for the state development. APCC President N. Raghuveera Reddy recalled that the UPA government has then promised to accord special status, release funds for the backward regions and the financial aid to bridge the deficit.
Mr. Reddy also mentioned the then BJP Opposition has fought for the AP for the allotment of special status for 10 years and not five as mentioned in the Act. “However, the NDA government has not taken a single step for making it a reality. While even during the election campaign, Mr. Modi led BJP government has made several assurances in election manifestor, but after coming into power, what they did was announcing a paltry amount of Rs. 500 crore as financial aid and an insufficient Rs. 350 crore package for the seven backward districts as an eye wash to the state.
The other demands of APCC in its memorandum included Rs. 10,000 cr for Polavaram project allocation in Union budget, financial aid for new capital, new Railway zones, Metro in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, upgradation of airports and establishment of steel factory in Kadapa district.