For the current fiscal year the Centre has provided Rs. 350 crore for new capital of the Andhra Pradesh and Rs. 300 crore for Polavaram Irrigation Project. The Central government has also provided a tax incentive in Finance Act, 2015; Earlier, Rs. 4403 crore was Released to Andhra Pradesh during 2014-2015.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the Central Government has decided to continue to support the programmes for the development of backward districts of Andhra Pradesh and provide assistance for creation of New Capital of Andhra Pradesh including the Raj Bhawan, High Court, Government Secretariat, Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council, and such other essential infrastructure.
Accordingly, the Central Government has announced a further ‘Special Assistance’ of Rs. 1000 crore during the current Financial Year 2015-16. The Central Government will provide special assistance of Rs.350 crore (@Rs. 50 crore per district) for the development of 7 backward districts covering Rayalaseema & North Coastal region, Rs. 350 crore for new capital of the state and Rs. 300 crore for Polavaram Irrigation Project.
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 bifurcated the State and the State of Telengana came into being with effective from 2nd June, 2014. Having regard to the resource availability, the Central Government is required to make appropriate grants and also provide adequate benefits and incentives in the form of special assistance to the backward areas of States.
Accordingly, an amount of Rs. 4403 crore was released to the successor State of Andhra Pradesh during 2014-2015 which included Rs. 350 crore @ Rs. 50 crore per district for the development of 7 backward districts covering Rayalaseema & North Coastal region, Rs. 2303 core for bridging resource gap, Rs. 1500 crore for construction of Raj Bhavan & for creating infrastructure facilities in the new capital of the State and Rs. 250 crore for Polavaram irrigation project.