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Sarkar meets Jaitley on State�s economy

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, Aug 30 - Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi recently and briefed him about the State�s fragile economic condition after scrapping of Planning Commission.

In the meeting, Sarkar told the Union Minister that the State would incur a loss even after hike in the share of Central taxes from 32 per cent to 42 per cent.

After giving a patient hearing, Jaitley asked the Addl Secretary, Ministry of Finance to arrange a meeting with the Tripura Government officials to find out the real picture and let him know about it.

�We came to know that a meeting between Union Finance Ministry officials and Chief Resident Commissioner of Tripura in New Delhi, Pravin Srivastava would be held shortly following the instruction from the Union Minister�, Sarkar, who returned here on Wednesday, told media persons at the Civil Secretariat.

In course of the meeting, Jaitley also assured he would ensure Northeastern States don�t suffer due to the scrapping of the Planning Commission, he said.

Chief Minister further said he has also requested the Union Minister to continue the 90:10 sharing pattern in Centrally Sponsored Schemes for the Northeastern region. Besides, in some schemes, NE States receive 100 per cent fund and this should also be continued.

Sarkar also held a meeting with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal during which Kejriwal said he has planned to convene a meeting of all non-BJP CMs on the Land Reforms Act in September.

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