NDA-ruled states submit memo to PM on Plan assistance

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New Delhi, Dec 20 (UNI) The Chief Ministers of nine NDA-ruled states have submitted a Memorandum to the Prime Minister, demanding that the Central Assistance to States' Plan should be raised to at least Rs two lakh crore under the Eleventh Plan.

The assistance should only be provided as an untied Normal Central Assistance (NCA), they said.

From the Central Assistance to State Plan, no schemes should be run, under the name of additional or special assistance, but only under centrally sponsored schemes and NCA. There should not be any matching state share in CSS, they said.

Over a reasonable period, funds flowing through Centrally Sponsored Schemes should be minimised, the Chief Ministers said.

The increasing tendency to foreclose a higher proportion of Gross Budgetary Support for the Central Sector/CSS undercuts the autonomy and flexibility of States to design projects to meet local needs, they said in the memorandum said.

This must be reversed in conformity with the basic design of distribution of functions and powers in the constitutional framework.

The Chief Ministers demanded that a Committee co-chaired by the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission and a senior Chief Minister of a State should be constituted, with adequate representation of chief Ministers and to incorporate the above mentioned recommendations in the XIth Plan itself.

The memorandum was submitted to the Prime Minister after the 54th meeting of the National Development Council which was held yesterday.

Its signitories were Chief Ministers' of Orissa, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Punjab and Uttarakhand.

UNI

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