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For any movement beyond the now absurd demand of Special Category Status, political parties in Andhra Pradesh will have to stop playing to the gallery. They should instead put pressure on the central government to give the state its due under the new “constitutional position” that has developed after the recommendations of 14th Finance Commission came into force.
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While it is true that the Finance Commission has recommended a 10% increase in the share of the States in the divisible pool, it is not true that the award leaves 'far less money with the Central Government' if the Centre's finances are considered as a whole, i.e., including money not in the divisible pool.
Handing over a greater amount of central taxes to states makes immense sense. Nevertheless, it makes things difficult for the central government. With the centre having to share more taxes with states, it leaves it with a lesser amount of money.