Chandra babu Naidu's Speech at Neeti ayog Meet
TALKING POINTS OF
HON’BLE CHIEF MINISTER OF ANDHRA PRADESH
17th June 2018, New Delhi
1. True tribute to Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi will be to realise the aspirations of more than one billion Indians by 75th year of Independence in 2022.
2. Following the principles of “Cooperative Federalism” and taking the entire nation together as Team India in true spirit with focus on special needs of the states and people State Organisation Related Issues
3. People of Andhra Pradesh did not ask for bifurcation but it was inflicted following unscientific and unjust approach
4. People are suffering, are hurt and are sentimental about the loss and subsequent neglect.
5. Even the assurances of the then Prime Minister on the floor of Rajya Sabha, CAG reports and advices of Supreme Court are not
Special Category Status
6. The contribution of the Agriculture sector which was 23% in the combined state during 2013-14, is 34% during 2017-18 for the new
state of Andhra Pradesh
7. Service sector which generates higher tax revenue and higher per capita income, contributes about 44% to the economy of
Andhra Pradesh - Telangana (63%), Tamilnadu (57%), Karnataka (64%) and Kerala (64%) and all India average of 53%
8. The per capita income of the combined state of Andhra Pradesh was Rs.89,214 for the year 2013-14.
9. The per capita income of remaining 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh for the same year stood at Rs.82,870 whereas it was Rs.1,12,162 for the state of Telangana.
10.Despite the highest average economic growth in the country during last four years, Andhra Pradesh with a per capita income of Rs 1.42 lakh continues to lag behind the other Southern Indian states which have crossed the mark of Rs.1.74 lakh per capita income, with a gap of around Rs 32,000+ per person in Andhra Pradesh.
11. The then Prime Minister of India, in the presence of Members of Parliament of various political parties, as a condition to passing the AP Reorganisation Bill, assured on the floor of Rajya Sabha to accord Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh for a period of five years till the finances of state of Andhra Pradesh is on a firmer footing.
12.The Union Government attempted to mislead the people of India by announcing Special Assistance Measure in lieu of Special Category Status citing that the Fourteenth Finance Commission had done away with the provisions of Special Category Status.
13.The election manifesto of Bhartiya Janata Party, for Andhra Pradesh, assured Special Category Status for 10 years.
14. Therefore, the people of Andhra Pradesh feel resentful due to breach of promise made to its people.
15.Polavaram Project being National Project, Government of India is duty bound to cover the entire cost of the project including
land acquisition, R&R, construction in accordance of the Union Cabinet resolution during 2013
16. More than 56% of the works completed. DPR-II should be approved and pending amount of Rs.1,892 crores should be
17.Amaravati – Establishing a Green field city is matter of National pride and great opportunity. An ecosystem of R&D institutions,
government and private institutions should be established which is time taking and resource intensive. It will need about 5 lakh crore in next 20 years.
18. More than 27,000 farmers of the capital area, pooled their land worth more than Rs 50000 crore. The Union Government has
released only Rs. 1,500 crores for construction of new capital Government of India will be a major beneficiary of the new capital city by way of increased tax revenue generation, yet it is not extending required support.
19. Special Package for Backward Areas - The Government of India discriminated against the people of Andhra Pradesh by
sanctioning a package @ Rs 428 per head to Andhra Pradesh where as it sanctioned a package @ Rs 4000 to Bundelkhand. After the submission of UC, Government of India on 9th February, 2018 released an amount of Rs. 350 crores but in anunprecedented and unheard move, violating the principles of cooperative federalism, has taken back this amount of Rs 350crores on 15.02.2018.
20. Deficits and Resource gap bridging – The CAG certified revenue deficit of Rs 16,078.76 crores should have been included in the Finance Bill in the first year itself. but the Government of India have arbitrarily applied a cut and substantially reduced the support towards revenue deficit to Rs. 4117.89 crores and part of which is yet to be released.
21.Institutions – Though the Union Government has started 9 educational institutions, it has made a meager allocation of Rs.638 crores so far against the project cost of Rs.11673 crores.
22. Other pending issues –
a. Formation of a Railway Zone,
b. Establishment of Greenfield Crude Oil Refinery & Petrochemical Complex,
c. Increase of Seats in A.P. State Legislative Assembly,
d. Resolving Anomalies in Taxation Matters,
e. Construction of a Steel Plant at YSR Kadapa District,
f. Establishment of the Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor,
g. Constructions of Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada Metro Rails,
h. Duggirajpatnam port
i. Rapid Rail and Road Connectivity to Amaravati and
j. Establishing Greyhound Training Centre.
23. I, on behalf of 5 crore people of Andhra Pradesh, demand the Union government to accord special category status to Andhra Pradesh, fulfill all the assurances and implement all the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act.
24. People of Andhra Pradesh are hurt and should not be further let down by Government of India
PROMINENT ISSUES OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE:
25. Terms of Reference of 15th Finance Commission - state governments submitted a Memorandum to the President of India requesting for amendment of the Terms of Reference of the 15th Finance Commission.
26. The reference to adopt 2011 census population instead of 1971 census population despite two time review would have far reaching adverse consequences for the democratic and federal setup of our country.
27. Smaller shares from the common pool of devolutions, penalizing the performing states which successfully controlled the population
28. One immediate threat, apart from financial implication will be reduction in share of seats of performing states in democratic institutions like Parliament.
29. Effect of demonetization - We support the ideology of the policy, adequate care was not taken in rolling out and managing its implementation. Till date, people are put to hardship for receiving their own funds affecting small businesses and workers.
30. ill-drafted provisions of the FRDI Bill like conversion of deposits of individual investors into equity have led to widespread fear among public. There is a severe cash crunch in the country with no cash available in ATMs or banks for farming operations, to disburse pensions or for daily other needs.
31.Goods and Services Tax(GST): The implementation of Goods and Services Tax(GST) has common man, tax payers and businesses.
32. The advantage of reducing global prices of crude oil has not been passed on to people.
33. Devolution of funds - Further, amount of tax revenue raised by Central Government through special levies has increased sharply in recent period. The share of special levies in Central Government’s gross tax revenue (GTR) has increased rapidly from 8.8% in 2012-13 to 15.2% in 2016-17. Similarly, share of cess has increased from 6.7% in 2013-14 to 10.8% in 2016-17 as proportion of GTR.
KEY CONCERNS WITH SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO THE AGENDA
34. Agriculture sector: - Procurement Policy and Minimum Support Price: The Hon’ble Union Minister for Finance, during the Budget Speech on 1st Feb.2018 stated “In our party manifesto it has been stated that the farmers should realize at least 50 per cent more than the cost of their produce, in other words, one and a half times of their cost of production.”
35. MSP should be fixed considering the Dr.M.S.Swaminathan recommendations Model C2+50% of Cost of Production for sustainable and profitable agriculture in view of the increased cost of inputs, farm labour and risks involved.
36. More over the Government of India is unable to align its policies to global market conditions to regulate export and import of agriculture produce and thereby affecting adversely the local prices and the profitability of the agriculture of the local farmer.
37. Government of India is notifying the MSP for pulses while procuring 40% of the total production only. The Government of AP alone has to spend more than Rs.1000 crores on procurement of various pulses during the last year.
38. Similarly, the Government of India has refused to support the procurement of coarse cereals if they are not part of PDS. As a result, the Govt. of A.P. has to procure coarse cereals by spending about Rs.350 crores
39. Crop Insurance: The current insurance regime insures the loan and not the crop. This need to be revisited immediately.
40. During 2017-18, our farmers contributed to foreign exchange with an export value of Rs. 24000 crore, (60% of total export from India with average GVA growth rate of 27%.
41.distress due to more than 50% fall in the shrimp prices and due to sudden reduction in exports in last 5 months. Government of
India to intervene urgently by extending insurance cover to aqua culture, implementing minimum support price (MSP) scheme to the aqua produce and by treating aqua culture and poultry at par with agriculture.
42. Doubling farmer’s income –Doubling the farmer’s income in five years requires a CAGR of 12% in agriculture sector.
43. Nation’s average agriculture growth during last four years is 2.42% whereas Andhra Pradesh agriculture sector average growth rate is 11% during the same period.
44. This can be achieved if we address the changing food habits of people and an ecosystem approach consisting of water conservation, irrigation, soil health cards and soil management, scientific input management, livestock and fisheries, risk mitigation measures, capacity building and diversification to horticulture and convergence of agriculture and water conservation with MGNREGS.
45. Health: We have invested in preventive, diagnostic and curative health care service delivery to all its citizens. Due to the efforts of the state government, there has been significant improvement in the health indicators like IMR, MMR, malnutrition, anemia, communicable and non communicable diseases.
46. Health services are being provided in PPP mode to ensure better delivery with quality. Reputed national & international institutions are engaged as Technology Partners to provide technical inputs.
47. Ayushman Bharat – Use of SECC data: Andhra Pradesh has been effectively implementing NTR Vydya Seva for 1.44 crore households in the state. However, Government of India’s stance to use the SECC data limits it to 56 lakh households only.
48. The GoI has been advocating the use of SECC data for others schemes also like Housing while there are inconsistencies in the
SECC data There is a need to sort it out immediately.
49. Mission Poshan - The government of India is providing meagre allocation. More over the schemes and staff support are being
50. Aspirational districts: - Three districts of Andhra Pradesh are included in of 115 most backward aspirational districts of the country and are also part of the Special Development Package. The Rs. 350 crore pulled back by the GoI include Rs 150 crores for these three districts.
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS of GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
DURING LAST FOUR YEARS
51.Impressive Double Digit Growth of Economy - Despite the adversities of bifurcation of the state, Andhra Pradesh has emerged as best economic performer by registering average double-digit growth of 10.5% during the last four years. We registered 10.60% growth rate during 2015-16, 11.07% growth rate during 2016-17 and 11.22% in 2017-18.
52. We have achieved saturation in household electrification, LPG and ODF and we are nearing saturation in rural road connectivity, internal CC roads in the villages and LED street lighting.
53. We have become a power surplus state from a power deficit state in May 2014. We have laid out a plan for 100% Fibre net connectivity and drinking water provisioning in next two years.
54. Under Swach Bharat Mission, the Union government provided only Rs. 4,000/- per individual household toilet in urban areas while the state government provided Rs.11,000/- additionally to provide a dignified facility.
55. In addition to above achievements, we have provided
a. social security to our people by providing 47 lakh pensions @ Rs 1000-1500, insurance to 2.46 crore unorganized
b. food security to 1.44 crore families under PDS;
c. nutrition security to over 6 lakh pregnant women, lactating mother and more than 24 lakh children;
d. livelihood security to 86 lakh SHG women for Rs.10,000 income per family;
e. water security to our farmers by digging 7.25 lakh farm ponds, 19,355 percolation tanks leading to a net rise in ground water level, inter-linking of Godavari and Krishna rivers.
f. housing security through 14 lakh houses in rural areas and
5 lakh in urban areas and
g. power security of upto 75 free units to SC/ST households, to name a few. Conclusion- A Vision for India with States as Partners
56. A supportive environment and facilitation by government of India will go a long way to provide concrete shape to spirit of cooperative federalism to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
57. The GoI should provide the macro strategy and should not micro manage the schemes as is currently being done. The states
should be empowered with funds and freedom to implement the schemes.
58. Manufacturing sector is not expanding and not competitive compared to our eastern countries.
59. The Government of India should focus on fast and time bound development of globally competitive big economic infrastructure like Ports, Airports, Rail, Road links, coastal economic zone, Economic Corridors to make India competitive in South Asia and South East Asia in terms of attracting foreign investment to provide job opportunities and better living standards.
60. A country wide road map of growth need to be prepared making the respective states equal and empowered partners in realizing the vision of developed India.
61. Andhra Pradesh is a proud partner of Team India engaged in nation building process and expects a supportive environment by Government of India
62. I finally demand the implementation of the provisions of AP Reorganisation Act Special Category Status and other assurances to assuage the hurt feelings of the people of Andhra Pradesh and to support its growth till it is at par with the neighboring states.