Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on June 24 stated inside the Lok Sabha that no inspiration become being considered with the aid of the Centre to supply Special Category Status (SCS) to any kingdom.
The statement comes at a time whilst newly-appointed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is seeking the reputation for his nation.
Sitharaman became responding to a question raised by means of Kaushalendra Kumar, Janata Dal (United) Member of Parliament from Bihar. Kumar had sought data on if the Centre became thinking about furnish of SCS request from any state.
In her response, the finance minister confirmed that the Centre had acquired requests for grant of SCS from Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
“Special Category Status for plan help has been granted inside the past through the National Development Council (NDC) to a few states which are characterized through a number of features necessitating unique attention,” the finance minister’s reply said.
Sitharaman added that SCS is granted based totally on consideration of criteria inclusive of hilly and difficult terrain, low population density and/or a significant percentage of tribal population, the strategic region along borders with neighbouring nations, financial and infrastructural backwardness and non-feasible nature of country finances.
Asked if industries that are to be set up in SCS states are likely to be exempted from valuable taxes to help the general improvement of the nation, Sitharaman clarified that no specific measures for boom are furnished.
In the run as much as the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Jagan had stated that his YSR Congress Party would guide any publish-poll formation that promised to provide the unique status. Jagan has been seeking the fame for the Rs 2.Fifty eight lakh debt-ridden nation.
In truth, SCS became considered one of YSRCP’s biggest poll plank. He had also time and again attacked rival N Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) for failing to get SCS granted for Andhra despite being part of the Centre. Political observers trust that this strain had led TDP to go out the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in early 2018.
On June 23, it was additionally stated that YSRCP is not likely to accept the put up of Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha as it does not need to be seen aligned with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) till the Narendra Modi government fulfilled its call for.
Shortly after the Lok Sabha and Andhra Pradesh Assembly election outcomes, Jagan had stated in a assembly with PM Modi that his celebration should handiest request and now not “demand or command” the unique category reputation as the BJP had swept the overall election.