Largest allocation by Finance Commission: Gogoi
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 19:35
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday said the 13th Finance Commission had provided Rs 57,832.70 crore to the state which is highest till date.

"I am glad to announce that the 13th Finance Commission had allocated the amount which is nearly double of what was sanctioned by the 12th Finance Commission," Gogoi told reporters here rejecting opposition AGP criticism that there was nothing new in the Union budget for the region.

Congratulating the state finance department, the Chief Minister said it was because of better economic management that the state was allocated the large amount.

The state grant to Assam has also being enhanced to Rs 800 crore by the Commission out of which Rs 230 crore has been kept for border areas development, he said.

Gogoi, who holds the finance portfolio, said his budget to be presented on March 15 would be pro-poor and there will be substantial relief for them.

"I can only say that the budget will be pro-poor and aimed at boosting the rural economy as well as the plight of students", Gogoi, who holds the finance portfolio, said.

Referring to the ongoing agitation by teachers for provincialisation of more than 16,000 venture schools, the chief minister said he had decided to grant them Rs 400 crore for improving their condition.


First Published: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 19:35

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