Chief ministers cutting across party lines sought more central funds to implement inclusive growth strategies in the 12th five-year plan at the National Development Council meeting with non-UPA ruled states being critical of the Centre for its "biased" policies.
The Centre has pegged the central plan size of about Rs. 4,33,000 crore and has also promised reforms in disbursement of funds for states through a component of flexi-funds and incentive for "monitorable outcome" based utilization of funds.
Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav termed the decline in central assistance to states as a cause of "serious concern" and asked the Centre to discourage the practice of not taking state governments on board while finalising sectoral distributions.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, whose speech was read, hit the Central government for stifling the state of central resources, which were below the national average. Her view was echoed by Odisha chief minister Navin Patnaik.
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh welcomed the Centre's cash-transfer scheme but cautioned against its introduction in subsidized food. "How can government assure that the money would be used to buy food?" he asked.
He also raised the critical issue of the Centre not providing permission for coal mining resulting in many power plants not having adequate coal-linkages.
He was joined on the issue by his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar, who accused the environment ministry of creating mining mess in the country. "States contributing more to the Central kitty through taxes should get more money," he said.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar raised the issue of special category status and urged the Centre to provide more funds for development of the backward region. Patnaik wanted dedicated fund flow for economically and socially backward regions.
Chief ministers of Congress-ruled states spoke about their proposals for the 12th plan.
Maharashtra CM Prithviraj wanted Centre's intervention to start slum development work on land owned by the central government in Mumbai and sought separate line of funding to address challenges of mega cities such as Mumbai.
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said her government aimed to make Delhi a heritage and world class city in the 12th plan.