Hyderabad, August 26 (INN): Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday reviewed with all the Departments at Secretariat the status of the State Government’s Memorandum to be presented to the 14th Finance Commission.
The Finance Commission, led by its chairman Dr YV Reddy, is scheduled to visit the State between 12th and 13th of September. The Chief Minister directed that all efforts should be made to make out a case for maximum devolution of funds to the State by highlighting important programmes in the Sectors of Social Welfare, Rural Development, Agriculture and Irrigation.
Finance Minister Anam Ram Narayana Reddy, Chief Secretary Dr P K Mohanty, Special Chief Secretaries V Bhaskar (Finance) and S P Tucker (Planning), Principal Secretaries LV Subrahmanyam, V Nagi Reddy, PV Ramesh, Raymond Peter, Commissioners of Welfare Somesh Kumar and Udayalakshmi, Civil Supplies Commissioner Sunil Sharma, Secretary (Political) Shivashankar, all the Principal Secretaries and Secretaries of the Chief Ministers’ Office attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister has noted that though Andhra Pradesh’s per capita income is higher than the national per capita income, in a number of districts health and education indicators are below the National average. He has directed that a strong case be made to the Finance Commission on additional assistance for all these backward districts, to ensure that they reach to the National average.
The Chief Minister also directed that providing assistance to calamity relief should be emphasized and more grants sought. He has also directed that it is important that additional grants be sought in the memorandum so that their finances could be strengthened.