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Centre’s insistence on claiming credit for schemes in State unfair: K.N. Balagopal

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Centre’s insistence on claiming credit for schemes in State unfair: K.N. Balagopal

Centre’s insistence on claiming credit score for schemes in State unfair: Ok.N. Balagopal

The Central authorities‘s insistence on taking credit score for schemes executed within the states is unfair, in response to Finance Minister Ok.N. Balagopal.

He informed reporters right here that the connection between the Centre and the State didn’t exist on an ‘owner-slave’ foundation however on an equal footing. Mr Balagopal highlighted examples of schemes through which the state was spending the bigger share, and he claimed that insisting on branding them in favour of the Central authorities was unfair.

Within the case of the LIFE Mission housing scheme, the state has spent Rs. 16,000 crore on roughly 4 lakh homes over the last 5 to 6 years. He emphasised that the Central share accounted for under a minor proportion of this price.

Equally, the Central Authorities contributed simply Rs. 600 to the month-to-month wage of Rs. 13,500 paid to mid-day meal cooks. “In Kerala, 62 lakh people obtain social safety pensions. Solely round 5.5 lakh individuals obtain Central help,” Mr Balagopal defined.

He famous that the Centre’s insistence on branding schemes in its favour got here at a second when states reminiscent of Kerala had been dealing with vital reductions in Central allocations. He said that with the implementation of the Items and Providers Tax (GST) regime, states relinquished 44 % of their taxation rights, in comparison with the Centre’s 28 %.

Mr Balagopal said that the state would elevate the problem in New Delhi, emphasising the need of a “wholesome and democratic” Centre-State relationship on this context.

Mr Balagopal said that if Kerala acquired its due share from the Centre, it could not accumulate arrears on totally different funds reminiscent of Social Safety pensions and dearness allowance (DA) for presidency workers. He famous that the Central part of the State’s income receipts has diminished from 44% in March 2021 to 29% presently.

The State’s LDF and UDF MPs would collectively take up the State’s monetary difficulties with the Centre, referring to a decision made on the MPs convention chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday.

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