Although Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma is leading a Congress-majority coalition government in the State, he informed the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly that there was a misconception among some that fund devolution to the State was being cut due to political conflict. Responding to a call attention motion moved by leader of the opposition Donkupar Roy of the United Democratic Party (UDP), asking whether the BJP-led NDA government was holding back funds for the Congress-led state, Sangma replied in the negative, ‘It is just a misconception that the Centre has reduced our entitlements. Meghalaya is receiving its entitled funds.’ He also added that as per 14th Finance Commission, tax devolution is calculated on the basis of a specific factor that remains unchanged.
‘Various states of the Northeast have been demanding restoration of special category status,’ Sangma claimed, adding, ‘The reason cited by the Centre in doing away with the grants was that tax devolution to states across India has been increased from 32% to 42%. ‘All we are saying is that the same benchmark should not be set for all states. The Northeastern states still need to catch up with the rest of the country,’ Sangma shared.