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What Opposition states want: More IAS officers, MSP guarantee, GST exemptions

IN their time allotted for intervention on the assembly of the Governing Council of Niti Aayog, Chief Ministers of Opposition-ruled states raised a spread of points points: authorized assure on Minimal Help Value for farm output, scarcity of IAS officers, GST exemptions, increased allocation of funds for states, and enough session with states on coverage points.

The CMs from Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, and Left-ruled Kerala, referred to as for an extension of compensation from shortfall in income because of the implementation of the Items and Providers Tax. The Punjab CM from Aam Aadmi Celebration sought a authorized assure for MSP, the Trinamool Congress-ruled West Bengal CM flagged want for extra IAS officers, and the Jharkhand CM sought a particular bundle to take care of the repercussions of rain deficit, in line with sources.

Telangana CM Ok Chandrashekhar Rao, who didn’t attend the assembly on Sunday, had mentioned on Saturday that he would skip it to protest “the Centre’s perspective”; he additionally objected to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “dismissing of welfare schemes as freebies”. At a press briefing later within the night, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Suman Berry mentioned there have been no discussions round “freebies” in the course of the assembly.

Sunday’s Governing Council assembly was attended by 23 CMs, three Lieutenant Governors and two Directors and Union Ministers. The Chief Ministers of Bihar, Telangana, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Mizoram, the L-G of Puducherry, and the Administrator of Chandigarh didn’t attend the assembly.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan mentioned the laws on topics within the Concurrent Checklist – that are of widespread curiosity to each the Centre and states – needs to be initiated solely after “enough session”. The Centre ought to desist from legislating on objects within the State record, he mentioned. He additionally burdened on the necessity to evaluate the choice to impose GST on important objects and revocation of restrictions on borrowing limits of states.

Vijayan additionally urged for monetary help for enhancing palm oil processing infrastructure and requested that the Centre’s share of help below the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) needs to be elevated since the price of supplies has risen considerably particularly alongside the state’s shoreline. He referred to as for a time-bound completion of the street tasks and early clearance of the state’s proposals for the event of rail and air visitors.

Stating that Chhattisgarh may probably endure losses to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore resulting from GST implementation, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel demanded a five-year extension for the compensation grant for states for income shortfall. He claimed the state has obtained round Rs 13,000 crore much less in Central taxes within the final three years which was placing “excessive strain” on its assets. He demanded reimbursement of over Rs 11,800 crore – expenditure incurred to eradicate Left-wing extremism, and in addition sought a selected coverage to allocate extra assets to states like Chhattisgarh.

Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, in the meantime, requested the Centre to increase monetary assist and a particular bundle for the state on par with industrial packages given to hilly states. He rejected the Centre’s committee on MSP, saying it was dominated by “armchair economists who don’t have any information about agriculture”. He referred to as for the reconstitution of the MSP committee and in addition requested for a particular bundle to extend the water carrying capability of canals within the state.

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Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren urged the Centre to situation a particular bundle for Jharkhand to take care of the repercussions of the deficit of rain this 12 months. The state has thus far registered 50 per cent decrease rainfall with lower than 20 per cent of the paddy sowing goal achieved. He mentioned solely 13 lakh of the 38 lakh farmers within the state have been in a position to obtain advantages of the Kisan Credit score Card as banks are delaying farmers’ onboarding course of. Within the final two years, 5 lakh new farmers have been added to the record, however greater than 10 lakh purposes are nonetheless pending in numerous banks, he mentioned. He additionally requested reinstatement of the restrict for giving forest clearance by the state.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot reiterated the state’s demand for declaring Jap Rajasthan Canal Undertaking (ERCP) as a nationwide undertaking. He mentioned the change in monetary participation sample of Centrally Sponsored Schemes has led to extra burden on states. He mentioned the Centre ought to prolong the interval of GST compensation by 5 years from June 2022 to June 2027 and demanded launch of about Rs 3,780 crore in the direction of GST compensation for his state.

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