Centre trying to usurp the powers of the states: Yanamala Ramakrishnudu

Vastavam web: Alleging that the Centre was trying to usurp the powers of the states, Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu today strongly objected to the terms and conditions set forth for the 15th Finance Commission for devolution of funds.”We strongly object to the terms and conditions set forth for the 15th (Rpt) 15th Finance Commission (FFC) that suggest 2011 population be taken as the base, GST be enhanced and welfare schemes for the poor be reduced.”

The FFC conditions enable enhancement in the Centre s revenue while slashing the states share in Central taxes.Moreover, the weightage proposed to be given to low income states would result in higher fund flow to non-performing states, he said.This would be detrimental to the southern states, Yanamala observed.”The Centre is trying to usurp the powers of the states.

Is this cooperative federalism,” he asked.The Centre should consult with all states before formulating the FFC guidelines and do justice, he demanded.