TN slams Centre for `one-size fits all approach’

Last Updated: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 14:56

Chennai: Slamming the UPA government at the
Centre for adopting "one-size-fits-all approach" in designing
schemes, the Jayalalithaa government on Monday asked it to adopt a
flexible approach in formulating and implementing national
schemes.

"The continued attempts by Union government to push
through legislations encroaching upon state powers and the
adoption of one-size-fits-all approach in designing schemes do
not augur well for a healthy Centre-state relationship,"
Governor K Rosaiah said in his customary address to Tamil Nadu
Assembly.

He said the Centre should adopt a flexible approach in
formulating and implementing national schemes by fixing only
broad objectives and framework, and give freedom to the state
governments to work according to state-specific need.

It should allow the state governments to have the freedom
of designing schemes to meet their specific needs by
dovetailing Central funds with the state`s resources providing
better synergy and focusing on achieving intended goals, he
said, citing the proposed Goods and Services Tax.

Taking a swipe at the Centre`s proposed Food Security
Bill, on which Tamil Nadu has already expressed strong
reservation, he said it "compromises universal access and
deprives the state government of the present allotment of
foodgrains from the Central pool."

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 14:56

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