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No plan to restore special category status to states: Govt informs RS

Many states like Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal are still demanding that the Centre grant them special category status despite it been scrapped

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rao Inderjit Singh
Rao Inderjit Singh

There is no plan to restore -- which has been scrapped by think- tank Niti Aayog -- to any state in the country, the government informed the Rajya Sabha Thursday.

Minister of State for Statistics and Planning Rao Inderjit Singh replied in the negative when Congress leader Ripun Bora asked if the government has any plans to restore to Assam or any other state.

Bora also sought to know if scrapping of to Assam and north eastern states is a violation of cooperative federalism.

Many states like Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal are still demanding that the Centre grant them special category status despite it been scrapped.

Replying to a query on documenting better performing states to promote competitive federalism, the minister said, "We have not prepared any document...The suggestion is good and will think about it."

To another query on steps taken to improve states' relations after formation of Niti Aayog, the minister said the think-tank is promoting cooperative federalism and competitive federalism in the country.

First Published: Thu, July 18 2019. 15:10 IST
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