Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a cut in the central government funding for the state.
Gogoi said the central government reduced funds for Assam to a great extent and that this is hampering the development of the state.
Fuming over Modi's earlier comments on Northeast's development, Gogoi said a cut in funding is detrimental to the region.
"A state gets developed by the central government funds but the centre has reduced that tremendously. This sudden cut in the fund flow and removing various Central Government schemes is hampering the state's growth," Gogoi said at a press conference, according to Eastern Chronicle.
Modi had recently stated that "Northeast cannot be developed from Delhi", adding that a team of central government officials would be sent to the region to analyse the problems that the Northeast faces.
While the PM is very hopeful that the plan of sending central government officials to the Northeast would work wonders, the Assam CM suggests that such activities would bring no result. "Several Central officials have visited the state till date but we are yet to see even a single developmental scheme being implemented here," asserted Gogoi.
Speaking about the cut in the central government fund transfer, Gogoi offered some statistics.
"Assam is deprived of Rs 16,496 crore which includes Rs 11,335 crore due to discontinued budgetary support and change in funding pattern. Further, oil royalty of about Rs 1000 crore is due on Assam on the lines of payment being made on Gujarat, based on fair market price of crude oil. Besides, the 13th Commission grant of Rs 471 crore and CST compensation from 2010 to 2013 of Rs 1254 crore have not been released by the central government."