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APCC decries Centre�s attitude towards State

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 5 � Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Anjan Dutta today strongly criticised the BJP-led Government at the Centre for its alleged partisan and stepmotherly treatment to Assam and NE states in respect of releasing Central funds for all-round development of the State.

He also alleged that the Central Government has kept the State Government in the dark on the issue of the steps taken by the former to stop construction of any dam on the Brahmaputra by China.

He also alleged that the Central Government has proposed to transfer around Rs 12,000 crore of the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) meant for the NE states to the consolidated fund of India. This is going to affect the NE states seriously, he said.

In a press release, the APCC president stated that despite repeated requests from the State Government and a detailed memorandum submitted by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for necessary funds to the tune of Rs 1,915.15 crore for repair and restoration of the infrastructure damaged by flood in 23 districts out of the 27 districts of the State, in July, August and September last year, no allocation has been made by the Central Government.

Besides, an additional amount of Rs 619 crore was also demanded by the State from the Central Government to meet the expenses incurred on flood relief and rescue operations.

Thus, the total amount of money urged for by the State Government stood to be Rs 2534.15 crore.

The Union Home Minister, during his last visit to the State assured release of an amount of Rs 674 crore immediately. But it is very unfortunate that the Central Government has so far released only Rs 288 crore from the Central share of SDRF allocation made for the State for the 2014-15 fiscal, said the APCC president.

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