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Modi rejects allegations over 15th Finance Commission

IANS  |  Chennai 

on Thursday rejected the allegations of southern states, including Tamil Nadu, that the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the 15th were biased against them and said it would benefit states that took population control measures.

"An issue that has been raised by certain vested interests over the last few days... Baseless allegations are being made about the ToR of the 15th being biased to the states of a particular region," he said after inaugurating a building of the (WIA) here.

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

He said it was not the case earlier.

Southern states have been complaining about the ToR of the Finance Commission saying their interests would be harmed in the matters of resource allocation because of their better performance on population control and economic growth.

The issues was first raised by Siddaramaiah, which was followed by BJP's ally-turned-foe

On Tuesday, convened a meeting of Ministers which was attended by representatives from Karnataka, and Puducherry, in which they called the ToR a "threat to federalism".

said the was committed to cooperative federalism.

"Our Mantra is 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas'. Let us all work together to build new India, which would make our freedom fighters proud," he said.

Earlier in his speech, he said the had planned setting up 20 institutes and 50 centres in different parts of the country.

"Proposal can be approved for eligible institutional up to Rs 45 crore for centres and up to Rs120 crore for setting up of institutes. I am happy to note that the proposal of 15 institutes and 50 tertiary care centres have been approved so far," he said.

also said 40 new All Institute of Medical Sciences were being set up with focus on oncology and its various aspects.

Also, eight existing institutions were being upgraded with provision of under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), Modi added.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 14:54 IST