The much anticipated meeting between the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Sri N Chandrababu Naidu and Sri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India happened today at New Delhi. The talks commenced on the prime issues concerning the development of the state of Andhra Pradesh.
After an hour and half meeting, Niti Aayog has been given the final responsibility to take a final call on the issue of granting the Special Status Category to Andhra Pradesh.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley confirmed that all the options surrounding the issue have been discussed and stated that Vice Chairman of Niti Aaayog, Arvind Panagariya will now hold discussions with the State Government officials to take a final view over the matter.
Jaitley confirmed that each of the sections in the AP Reorganization Act were the subjects of detailed discussion and that the Prime Minister aims at providing maximum assistance to the state of Andhra Pradesh.
The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss the status on granting of Special Category status to the new state of Andhra Pradesh. The CM had also interacted with the Union Urban Development Minister Sri M Venkaiah Naidu and Union Minister for Science and Technology, Sri Y S Chowdhary, on the occasion.
Mr Venkaiah Naidu implored the press, media and the public not to politicize the Special Status issue and confirmed that Center is looking into the matters. He confirmed that similar demands from other states were also made and the Center is making all attempts to find a solution for the same.
Union Minister Sri Rajnath Singh stated that the Center was keen on rectifying the issues surrounding the AP Reorganization Act to enable the newly formed states to concentrate on their respective developments.
So far, it has been said that the Centre will have to hear both sides and then announce its final decision. The other issues like setting up Greyhounds, RAF etc are still pending discussion. The Union Home Minister Sri Rajnath Singh had assured the CM that he will soon hold meetings with the concerned officials in order to find an early solution.