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Sitharaman urges states to achieve growth goals


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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday exhorted the states  to implement the direction of economic growth set by the Centre and asserted that no goals  could be achieved unless the states and the Centre worked in cohesion.

“No goals can be achieved if the Centre and the states don’t work together. The Centre has the  responsibility for setting the direction of economic growth and the states are responsible for  implementing that direction of economic growth,”
Sitharaman said at the pre-budget meeting  with state Finance Ministers. 

 The share of states in tax devolution has risen from 32 per cent in the 13th Finance Commission  to 42 per cent in 14th Finance Commission during the first tenure of the present government. 

 She added that transfer of funds from the Centre to states had also increased from Rs 8.29 lakh  crore to Rs 12.3 lakh crore. 

 “Unprecedented devolution of funds has taken place from the Centre to the states,” the Union Finance  Minister stated seeking the cooperation of the states to implement economic growth directions  set by the Centre. 

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam asked the central government to sanction Rs 1,000 crore to his state to augment irrigation  structures in drought-prone areas like the one extended to Maharashtra.

Panneerselvam requested the central government to extend special package assistance of Rs 1,000 crore  under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana  to augment irrigation structures in  drought-prone areas to address agrarian distress and drinking water crisis, similar to the allocation  made to Maharashtra.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel asked for an increase in the PM Kisan Scheme  allocations from Rs 6,000 a year to Rs 12,000 annually. He also sought more funds for building  roads in areas affected by left wing extremism. 

Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia raised the issue of erratic GST compensation to the states  and demanded a share in the 42 per cent tax devolution, saying Delhi was not getting its due as it  was only getting Rs 325 crore.

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