New Delhi: In a pre-budget meeting with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday, states have asked for more funds from the Central government to expedite infrastructure projects, raise grants to local bodies and share the burden of centrally sponsored schemes. Uttarakhand has asked the Centre for additional support of Rs 1,000 crore for Mahakumbh 2021 in Haridwar.
Delhi finance minister and deputy CM Manish Sisodiya said: “From 2001, Delhi gets only Rs 325 crore from Centre... Centre should give Rs 8,150 crore to Delhi and other UTs and Municipal Corporation be given funds from the Central pool.”
He also said the central government should come out with a policy on stubble burning and UP and Haryana should be given funds to subsidize farmers for stubble burning.
Himachal Pradesh industry minister Vikram Singh said the state is facing problems in infrastructure development and has sought funds for stalled railways projects and development of funds under PMGSY for roadways.
“We have sought Rs 1,500 crore for roads,” he said. Madhya Pradesh commercial tax minister Brajendra Singh Rathod said a share of center in centrally sponsored schemes is going down leading to stress on state finances.
Puducherry CM Narayan Swami said the farmers are in stress and central and told FM that burden should not state alone. Puducherry should be at par with Delhi for the devolution of funds. Central Government is lowering grants for centrally sponsored schemes and their revamp should not be burdened on states.
Tamil Nadu deputy CM Paneer Selvam said the state government is yet to receive Rs 3,369 crore as grants to local bodies as prescribed by the 14th Finance Commission.
He asked for equal equity participation from Centre on the Chennai Metro rail project. (IANS)
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