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Assam demands Rs 20,495 cr grants from 13th finance panel

The Assam government demands Rs 20, 495 crore grant from the 13th Finance Commission citing the adverse impact of the global economic meltdown besides in view of the Sixth pay panel recommendation.

In memorandum submitted to the 13th pay panel on Thursday, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi requested the commission to consider the fall in the state’s own tax and non tax revenue and its share of central taxes and steep fall in international crude oil prices leading to oil royalty loss by more than Rs 1000 crore per annum.
He said the Commission should look in to the ramification of 6th Pay Commission and global economic meltdown. Gogoi has also cajoled Finance Commission to raise the aggregate share of the states in the central taxes from 30.5 percentages of the net proceeds to 50 per cent of the gross proceeds.

In the 12th Finance Commission allotted Rs. 24.329 to the state for five years and directed to implement within 2010 March.

Besides, the state has sought Rs. 100 crore for rehabilitation of the affected people. Rs. 25,000 crore have also been sought as special package to salvage the economic breakdown caused by insurgency in last five years, also requested the commission to grant relating to the Rs. 22,758 crore recommended by the Sukla commission for Assam to bridge its gap in infrastructure and basic minimum services, Rs. 816 core for modernization of Police force, Rs. 3000 crore for road and bridge, Rs. 2000 crore for infrastructure development for important town, Rs. 1550 for education, Rs. 1932 croe for health, Rs 500 core for inter state border areas, Rs. 426 for veterinary, Rs. 400 core for forest and environment, Rs. 250 crore for tourism, Rs. 383 core for judicial administration, Rs. 500 for revenue department, Rs. 87 crore for agriculture.

The Finance Commission officials held a meeting of the heads of state government departments in a meeting at the Administrative Staff College in Khanapara. The Commission has been on the tour to the state for three days where they met and take stalk of the development and implementation of the central funds.
Meanwhile, the Opposition parties have also met and appraised and misappropriation the implementation of the central funds.
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