Alleging that opinion of states has not been sought before catergorisation of centrally sponsored schemes by the Union Finance Ministry, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has written to his Madhya Pradesh counterpart, Shivraj Singh Chouhan — the chairman of Niti Ayog sub-group on rationalisation of central schemes.
The letter comes a day before the sub-group has scheduled its second meet on April 27. Chouhan will chair the meeting.
Emphasizing a rethinking on the categorisation of 66 central schemes, Akhilesh said as opinion of states was not sought, such schemes were included in ‘C’ and ‘D’ categories that mainly deal with development of backward regions, social and economic upliftment and delivery of services.
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Among these, while 31 will be fully sponsored by the Union government, eight schemes will be completely transferred to the states. The burden for 24 other schemes will be shared between the state and the Centre. The last two categories fall under C and D categories.
“These areas are of utmost importance and if states have to bear the financial burden, then other progammes will be affected,” Akhilesh wrote. He added that for schemes that cater to infrastructure, agriculture, electricity, HRD, health, urban development, poverty alleviation, rural development and social security for poor should continue be implemented in the form of flagship schemes.
Demanding that important schemes should be sponsored in the ration of 90:10 between Centre and state, he has also requested that states be given at least 25 per cent “flexi fund” under central schemes.
For the April 27 meeting, Akhilesh has also requested Chouhan to send the agenda in advance so that UP can put forward its opinion.