Irked by the frequent visits of Central ministers to Assam in the last few months, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has accused the Centre of trying to mislead the people about “adequate funds” flowing to the state for development.
Wondering why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sending his ministers on so many trips to Assam, Gogoi alleged that the BJP regime at the Centre was out to destablise the Congress government in the state.
“It seems that the visiting Union ministers, instead of extending a helping hand to the state, are more interested in destabilising the democratically elected state government,” Gogoi said.
“Central ministers visiting Assam should not mislead the people that Central funds are flowing unhindered to the state. Forget ‘adequate’ funds being released under Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS), funding has been slashed, adversely affecting the common man,” Gogoi said in an official statement on Sunday.
In a tweet, Gogoi also accused visiting ministers from Delhi of hoodwinking the people. “Visiting central ministers are making a hullabaloo that central funds are flowing to Assam. But where are the funds? Stop hoodwinking people,” he said.
Describing the frequent visits as a new trend, never witnessed since Independence, Gogoi claimed that the state had not gained anything from their visits as they were only paying lip-service to the needs of the common people.
According to the CM, while Central ministers claim that the 90:10 funding pattern under schemes sponsored by the Union government continues, the fact remains that it is the state which has been pleading for continuation of the Special Category Status to Assam. Gogoi maintained that he had already taken up the matter of continuation of the Special Category Status to Assam with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and urged him not to reduce Assam’s share in the Central schemes. Gogoi also pressed for continued assistance for schemes like police modernisation and the Backward Region Grant Fund.
Gogoi comments come at a time when the CM’ Sub-Group of NITI Aayog, headed by MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, is getting ready to submit its recommendations on rationalisation of schemes and restructuring of funding pattern under CSS to the PM.