Tripura demands Rs 24,000 crore from 13th FC

AGARTALA, Feb 16 : Tripura government has demanded Rs 24,000 crore from 13th Finance Commission for devolution of finances during 2010 to 2015 and urged to increase central tax share up to 50 per cent for Northeastern states.

Official sources here today said, state Finance minister Badal Choudhury has asked the Commission to sanction Rs 24,000 crore to meet its non-plan revenue deficit during the next plan period including payment of employee’s salary as per the sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations.

The commission members yesterday held a meeting with the state cabinet led by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. State government had submitted a memorandum stating that the state had a huge resource gap in non-plan activity segment due to which the state had not been able to transfer its liabilities from plan to non-plan segment.

Finance minister Choudhury said, 12th Finance Commission awarded the state only Rs 800 crore while Arunachal Pradesh had received Rs 1,357.88 crore as revenue deficit grant as compared to Rs 5,536.50 crore for Nagaland, Rs 4,391.88 crore for Manipur and Rs 2,977.79 crore for Mizoram.

The state government had initiated bold measures of transferring the liabilities from plan to non-plan side and during the last financial year it had transferred the maintenance expenditure and committed salary expenditure, Choudhury underlined.

Chairman and former Union Finance Secretary Dr Vijay Kelkar led Finance Commission arrived here yesterday and held several meetings to finalise the allocation and other issues related to devolution of finances. (Agencies)