Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday presented the vote-on-account of over Rs. 33 thousand core for the first six months of financial year 2016-17 as the five year term of his government would expire in May this year. Gogoi, who also holds the finance portfolio, urged the centre’s help and support to tide over the financial crisis.
“To defray the obligatory and other necessary expenses, I seek Vote-on-Account on the demand for grants for an aggregate amount of Rs 33,68,743.21 lakh for the period from 1st of April, 2016 to 30th September, 2016,” Gogoi said during his presentation speech in the assembly.
Gogoi said the development of the state must be facilitated by the Central government “in the true spirit of cooperative federalism”.
“We hope and expect that our state will get the much needed support from the Central government in this regard,” Gogoi said.
He, however, criticised the Centre saying there has been a fund crisis as a result of abrupt change in policy decisions initiated by the present NDA government in 2014, including abolition of the Planning Commission.
“Although Planning Commission has been replaced by NITI Aayog, which is stated to be a purely advisory body, it has failed to give clear cut guidelines to the states for preparing their annual plans. As a result, special category states like Assam have been facing serious problem of plan fund crisis,” he said.
Gogoi also said less budgetary provision of some central schemes and changing of funding pattern in some schemes to ahigher level of state share from 90:10 earlier have led to fund crunch.
Assembly elections are due in the state in coming months and arch political rivals BJP and Congress have intensified their election campaigns for the first crucial electoral battle of this year.