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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

1. Dr. Y.V. Reddy, Chairman, Prof. Abhijit Sen, Ms. Sushama Nath, Dr. M. Govinda Rao and Dr. Sudipto Mundle, Members of the Fourteenth Finance Commission, and Sh. A.N. Jha, Secretary visited the State Manipur on October, 7-8, 2013 to hold consultations with the State Government and key stake holders.

2. The Commission met with the Hon’ble Chief Minister, his Cabinet Colleagues and senior officers of the State Government, for discussions.

3. The Chief Minister Manipur highlighted the positive externalities of having the lowest national infant mortality rate and better health parameters than that of national levels. He specifically pointed towards the higher growth in female literacy rate than that of male, recognition of its sportsmen at national and international levels. He further emphasized the potential of the state to act as the gateway of South East Asian and realize the national Look East Policy. He also stressed on the issues of; Poverty and unemployment in the state. High non-plan expenditure, High cost disadvantages for the reasons of location, geographic conditions and infrastructural backwardness of the state. He further enumerated the steps taken by his Government to increase its revenue generation and at the same time trying to restrict expenditure. He urged the commission: to assess the fund requirements for the state on a realistic basis rather than a normative basis for the Special Category States on the basis of backwardness index; and specially for the state of Manipur keeping in view its requirements of funds for maintenance of security, resources for its six Autonomous District Councils and reasonable share from the forest grants in view of large area of the state under forest cover. He further requested for special grants for repayment of state development loans.

4. The State Government submitted their Memorandum and made a detailed presentation on the finances of the State Government, its projection for the award period and gave their views on some of the Terms of Reference of the Commission. The Commission also interacted with representatives of political parties, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Urban local bodies and Trade and Industry Associations.

5. The Commission placed on record its appreciation to the Chief Minister and State Government for the cooperation and support extended to the Commission and assured that the issues raised will receive due attention in the deliberation of the Commission. The Commission also looks forward to continuing interaction with the State Government.

6. The Commission will finalize its recommendations by October 2014 after completing its discussions with all the State Governments, the Government of India and relevant stake holders.

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