Pranab refuses special status for Goa



Panaji: Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday refused to concede to the demand of special status for Goa, which has been raised by state government since last six months.

"Each state has its own problems. Goa has missed two planning commissions. Its not necessary that one formula can be applicable to all the states," Mukherjee said during an interaction with industry captains in Panaji.

The minister was replying to a question whether the coastal state will get special status category par with Himachal Pradesh which will give tax exemption to boost the industrial investments here.

The Finance Minister said that the finance commission is working out 'something for all the states depending on their demand'. He, however, refused to concede to the demand of special status.

Mukherjee attended an interactive session hosted by Chief Minister Digamber Kamat, which was also attended by industrialists.

The Finance Minister refrained from replying questions regarding the taxes contending that 'since Parliament is in session, he cannot make any statement outside the House.

Goa has been demanding special status to revitalise its sagging industrial sector. The state has asked for the tax rebate for the industries and also protection to its resources considering the limited geographical area.

Bureau Report