Panaji: Ruling out the possibility of a
special status to Goa, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
today said that no new state would be added to the special
"Special category status does not depend on Centre.
Decisions on such matter are taken in National Development
Council (NDC) which comprises of all Chief Ministers and Union
Cabinet ministers," he said at a press conference here.
"So far, it is the decision of NDC that no new state will
be added to special category. States can always be entitled to
special assistance," he said.
Goa has been demanding special status category on par
with the one given to North Eastern states.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had during a 2007 election
rally promised special status to the state. She, however, had
refused to comment on issue during her recent rally.
Mukherjee said that Goa, which has missed two five year
plans, has been provided special assistance.
"We are providing special assistance to the state so that
large number of projects could be implemented," he said,
adding that the state was also exposed to institutions like
Mukherjee said Goa was given Rs 1,727 crore as part of
the 12th Five Year Plan.
"The assistance has been increased to Rs 4,372 crore in
the 13th Five Year plan, which is 153 per cent more than the
earlier plan," he added.