Centre not allocating money to States: Chidambaram

Centre not allocating money to States: Chidambaram

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New Delhi, May 6: Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said the Central Government was not allocating money to the state governments to help them deal with the COVID-19 crisis. At a meeting of party president Sonia Gandhi with chief ministers of Congress-ruled states on the COVID-19 crisis, Chidambaram said, “States are bleeding in terms of finances but no money is being allocated by the Government.” Several media reports have brought out the unavailability of finances with states. Chief Ministers said the states were facing an acute economic crisis and needed immediate assistance from the government. “States are facing dire economic crisis. They need to be provided immediate assistance,” Chhattisgarh Chief Minister BhupeshBaghel said.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, “Until extensive stimulus package is given, how will States and the country run? We have lost Rs 10,000 crore of revenue. States have repeatedly requested PM for a package but we are yet to hear from the government.” (UNI)