Hyderabad: The Ministry of Ayush did not supply immunity-boosting Bal Raksha kits to Telangana under National AYUSH Mission (NAM). TRS MP KR Suresh Reddy sought details of allocations under NAM in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. In reply, Minister of Ayush Sarbananda Sonowal said the Ministry of Ayush had sanctioned Rs 6,683.91 lakh (Rs 4,010.34 lakh as Central share and Rs 2,673.57 lakh as State share) to Telangana under NAM during the last five years as per proposals received from the State government through State Annual Action Plan.
However, identification of location or districts for implementing various activities under NAM was made by concerned State governments within the schematic provisions. Meanwhile, the Central government said a special window of Rs 2,380 crore for 2020-21 and Rs 4,569.49 crore for 2021-22 financial years were released to Telangana as loans to compensate for the GST shortfall.
Responding to Suresh Reddy’s question in Rajya Sabha, Union Finance Minister Pankaj Chaudhary said subsequent to deliberations during the 43rd GST Council meeting, the Centre borrowed Rs 1.59 lakh crore from the market through a special window in the current financial year.
Accordingly, they were passed on to the States/ UTs as a back-to-back loan in three tranches i.e. Rs 75,000 crore on 15 July 2021, Rs 40,000 crore on October 7, 2021, and Rs 44,000 crore on October 28, 2021. In addition, depending on the amount available in the Compensation Fund, the Centre has also been releasing the regular GST compensation to States to make up for GST revenue shortfall, he informed.
Further, responding to another question by Andhra Pradesh MP K Ravindra Kumar on tax devolution and funds released to AP and Telangana, the Union Finance Minister said under tax devolution Rs 12,691.62 crore was released to Telangana for 2020-21 and Rs 8,466.21 crore (till November 28) for 2021-22 financial year.
Similarly, Rs 31.34.57 crore (2020-21) and Rs 1251.13 crore (till November 28, 2021-22) was released to Telangana under Finance Commission Grants. In addition to these, under other releases, Rs 46,696.61 crore (2020-21) and Rs 27,498.61 (till October 2021-22) crore were sanctioned. The States’ share of tax devolution and Finance Commission grants are released to State governments in terms of the approved recommendations of the Finance Commission. As regards other transfers, funds are released according to financing pattern of various schemes as approved by the government, he said.
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