SHILLONG, Jan 20, 2020:
Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma today said that there is no question for the Government to back down from its stand in pursuing with the Centre to restore the Special Category States” status for Meghalaya.
Replying to the debate on the resolution to adopt the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Assembly today, Sangma said that this is an issue which has been there since 2014-2015.
He recalled that the Special Category States” status for the North Eastern States was done away with in view of the decision of the Finance Commission to increase the devolution of taxes for the States from 33 percent to 43 percent.
He, however, said that schemes which are being given special consideration is still continuing on a 90/10 funding pattern.
Earlier, Opposition Leader, Dr Mukul Sangma urged upon the State Government that it should not dilute its stand on restoration of “Special Category States” status.
Dr Sangma does not agree with the argument that the “Special Category States” was removed only on grounds of devolution of taxes.
“Devolution of taxes was meant for all the states and it was not only Meghalaya which benefited from it,” he added.