The Centre reiterated its commitment to implement Section 46, Section 90 and Section 94 of Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act -2014, to help the recover from what finance minister Arun Jaitley called “broken development”.
This was the commitment given to chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when they both met this morning in 7, RCR New Delhi. The meeting took place in the backdrop of Prime Minister’s Bihar package worth Rs 1.25 lakh crore and the growing resentment in the state over the denial of special status to Andhra Pradesh, and TDP’s inability extract this from NDA government in which TDP is an ally.
Arun Jaitley said Centre would ask the NITI Ayog to prepare the road map for the implementation of
Section 46, Section 90 and Section 94 of APR Act-2014 . What are these Sections? These sections deal with the distribution of Revenue(Sec 46), Polavaram project (Sec.90) and assistance to capital development, backward areas and fiscal measures including tax incentives (Sec 94).
Distribution of revenue.
Section 46. (1) The award made by the Thirteenth Finance Commission to the existing State of Andhra Pradesh shall be apportioned between the successor States by the Central Government on the basis of population ratio and other parameters: Provided that on the appointed day, the President shall make a reference to the Fourteenth Finance Commission to take into account the resources available to the successor States and make separate awards for each of the successor States. (2) Notwithstanding anything in sub-section (1), the Central Government may, having regard to the resources available to the successor State of Andhra Pradesh, make appropriate grants and also ensure that adequate benefits and incentives in the form of special development package are given to the backward areas of that State. (3) The Central Government shall, while considering the special development package for the successor State of Andhra Pradesh, provide adequate incentives, in particular for Rayalaseema and north coastal regions of that State.
Section 90. (1) The Polavaram Irrigation Project is hereby declared to be a national project. (2) It is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that the Union should take under its control the regulation and development of the Polavaram Irrigation Project for the purposes of irrigation. (3) The consent for Polavaram Irrigation Project shall be deemed to have been given by the successor State of Telangana. (4) The Central Government shall execute the project and obtain all requisite clearances including environmental, forests, and rehabilitation and resettlement norms. 91. (1) The Governments of the successor States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana shall replace the existing State of Andhra Pradesh on the Tungabhadra Board. (2) The Tungabhadra Board shall continue to monitor the release of water to High Level Canal, Low Level Canal and Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme.
Fiscal measures including tax incentives
Section 94. (1) The Central Government shall take appropriate fiscal measures, including offer of tax incentives, to the successor States, to promote industrialization and economic growth in both the States. (2) The Central Government shall support the programs for the development of backward areas in the successor States, including expansion of physical and social infrastructure. (3) The Central Government shall provide special financial support for the creation of essential facilities in the new capital of the successor State of Andhra Pradesh including the Raj Bhawan, High Court, Government Secretariat, Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council, and such other essential infrastructure. (4) The Central Government shall facilitate the creation of a new capital for the successor State of Andhra Pradesh, if considered necessary, by de-notifying degraded forest land.
The implementation of these provision will take place after the NITI Ayog prepares road map in consultation with the state government officials.