Badal asks for 100% central funding to agri-development scheme

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 26, 2015 23:05 IST

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday requested the central government to continue the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) with 100% funding to the state, besides retaining the sharing pattern of other flagships central schemes such as National Health Mission, National Food Security Mission.

Badal came out with the request during an afternoon meeting with Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh at his Krishi Bhawan office here. He told the minister that the 14th Finance Commission had recommended devolution of 40% of the tax share, and accepting this recommendation, the Centre had also identified 20 important schemes, including the RKVY, to be implemented on sharing basis.

The sharing pattern of this agricultural development scheme, he said, was proposed to be changed to 50:50 from 100% central funding earlier. "Punjab has allocated a little more than `168 crore tentatively under the RKVY and it includes Rs 75 crore under crop diversification programme (CDP) this year. The state government may have to abort many ongoing projects to be able make this contribution. Its capacity to take up new ventures may also be affected, which will be detrimental for agricultural growth in the state," said the CM.

Flagging the issue of converting the CDP to agricultural diversification, the CM asked Radha Mohan Singh to allow the state to implement the agricultural diversification programme as per own requirements.

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