"A progressive state like TN which has contributed to India's prosperity would receive the Commission's careful consideration," a statement said.

Tamil Nadu Deputy CM Panneerselvam meets 15th Finance Commission ChairmanImage: Facebook/O Panneerselvam
news Politics Friday, April 20, 2018 - 07:55

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Thursday met N K Singh, Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission, in New Delhi and put across the state's views on the latter's Terms of Reference (ToR), an official said.

The Deputy Chief Minister, who also holds the Finance portfolio, led a delegation of 40 parliamentarians from the AIADMK, including Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambi Durai. He also handed over a memorandum signed by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami.

The state government's major concern is the use of 2011 census data by the 15th Finance Commission, which is disadvantageous for Tamil Nadu when it comes to allocation of funds by the central government.

According to the Tamil Nadu government, the state has controlled population growth and therefore, share of funds by the Central Government based on 2011 census data will be less as compared 1971 census figures.

The delegation wanted the Commission to balance the need for fiscal transfers to less developed states with the growing aspirations of better performing states.

Singh assured the visiting delegation that the Commission would give the state a "careful consideration", said a statement from the Ministry of Finance.

"A progressive state like Tamil Nadu which has contributed greatly to India's prosperity would certainly receive the Commission's careful consideration. Commission's visit to the state of Tamil Nadu was finalised for end of September," said Singh in the statement.

"Fiscal needs of each state will be individually assessed and their special characteristics will be kept in view," Singh added.

Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejected the allegations of southern states, including Tamil Nadu, that the ToR of the Commission were biased against them and said it would benefit states that took population control measures.

"Let me tell you our critics seem to have missed something. The Union government has suggested to the Finance Commission to consider incentivising states who have worked on population control. By this yardstick, states like Tamil Nadu, which has devoted a lot of efforts, energy and resources towards population control, would certainly benefit," he said.

The issues was first raised by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, which was followed by BJP's ally-turned-foe Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. 

Earlier this month, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issaac convened a meeting of southern Finance Ministers which was attended by representatives from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry, in which they called the ToR a "threat to federalism".

 

IANS inputs

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