Finance Commission and Telugu Signature


I was in Tirupati the other day.

Our government met the 14th Finance Commission.  Chief Minister Sri Chandrababu Naidu had made a compelling presentation to the Commission. He told the Commission that Andhra Pradesh needed to be treated on a completely different basis. The situation of AP is not comparable to any other state. He argued that the way bifurcation of the state was done by the UPA 2 was unscientific and the Act was put together without consulting the major stakeholders. Consequently, he argued, the mother state of Andhra Pradesh was left without a capital, lost all major institutions that were painstakingly built over the last six decades with the collective effort of people from all regions of the state. He told the Commission that the mother state of Andhra Pradesh was denied level playing field. He also brought to the notice of the Commission that assets and liabilities were divided between the successor states in a lopsided manner: assets were distributed on the basis of location while liabilities were divided according to the ratio of population.

The Chief Minister pleaded for generous support from the Finance Commission and assured it that the state would be in a position to contribute massively to the national economy after overcoming the initial difficulties.

The Government had raised some important issues with the Commission regarding the sharing of tax and non-tax revenues between the States and the Centre. It argued that the share should be 50:50. The Government also argued that the weightage for population should be 30 and the basis should be 1971 census. This, it argued, would encourage those states that achieved population stabilisation. The essential argument was that performance of states in ares such as resource mobilisation, fiscal efficiency, population stabilisation should not be penalised.

The Commission was evidently impressed by the eloquent presentation of the CM and by the vision that he unveiled for the state. The homework done by the Finance department was commendable, the Commission said. Commission’s Chairman Dr YV Reddy and member after member complimented the CM for what he achieved during his last tenure and expressed hope that he would be able to take AP forward. They said that his agenda and vision for the state’s future were remarkable for their clarity.

I feel that the Commission would not only recommend a good package for the state but also takes into account Andhra Pradesh’s views on the need to redefine the financial relations between the Centre and the States in a more fundamental way.

I must also report another incident.

Before I checked out of the hotel on that night, I went down to the restaurant and had dinner. After dinner I signed the bill, wrote down my room number and gave it to the lady who brought it to me. She looked at it and told me that I should sign it and not write something in Telugu. I told her that that was my signature and it was not something that I wrote in Telugu. She asked me how could a signature be in Telugu and especially of an ‘educated’ person like me.

I told her that it was my practice to sign in Telugu and I felt proud to do it.

The lady looked unconvinced.

She had started me thinking. In a way the lady told me that we not only have a lot of work in building our state’s economy, but our challenge is also in the culture and language domains. This challenge is equally daunting.

This is a bonus take away for me from my Tirupati trip.

9 Responses to “Finance Commission and Telugu Signature”

  1. September 14, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Yes. Promoting our Telugu to the extent of at least making it an acceptable platform in situations like the one you described, is a very important aspect that the government may not overlook. It. Is great that you had the right thought. Shri Garikapati Narasimha Rao, a great Telugu teacher and a scholar actively advocates the usage of Telugu. He has a great heart for it. He may be taken into the government in an appropriate capacity to advise the government as to how it can proceed further in this.
    We, in AP have got a great opportunity of starting all aspects fresh, taking the flawed formation of the State, as repeatedly said by the Chief Minister. All the aspects of development should be taken up simultaneously and only then a State with multi-pronged development can be a reality.

  2. September 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    Hi Sir, I have been following your work for a long time and you are a great inspiration for me.

    Regarding the signature in Telugu, I have a lot of similar experiences. In USA no one asked me to produce any extra paper work for signing the documents in Telugu. Here in our state all most every bank asked me to declare that I understand English but chose to sign in Telugu:-)

    We have a long way to go.

  3. September 14, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    Really had that coming from CNB garu… Having better educated and better civilized officials, brings an unseen advantage to new AP. Bravo to the team.

    Regarding your signature.. i am quite impressed that you sign in telugu.. I share the same sense as the lady waitress in the begining atleast. But really appreciate for the value of our mother tongue taught…

    good luck

  4. September 15, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    Nice write up 🙂 would like to read more….

  5. September 16, 2014 at 1:25 am #

    I am satisfy with this government efforts to make “navyandhra pradesh”to be a sucessfull state among all states in india.
    In this period of 5 years 2014-2019
    To construct Capital government require 1Lakh crores
    To develop uttharandra,rayalsema require 0.8 Lakh cr
    To continue new welfare scheems require 0.7 Lakh Cr
    Total 2.5 Lakh crores
    We will get from central government as much as 0.88 Lakh crores only.
    By the state government efforts we will get 0.52 Lakh cr

  6. September 16, 2014 at 1:33 am #

    So 0.88+0.52=1.40 Lakh crores only.
    What is the steps govenment will take to get those 1.10 Lakh crore?????

    I can solve this question.
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    1 Lakh crores in 5 years.

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  7. September 16, 2014 at 1:37 am #

    I will genarate revenue 1Lakh Crores in next 5 years
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  8. September 16, 2014 at 6:16 am #

    Dear sir,

    It is very commendable the work of our state CM Chandrababu Naidu sir. I hope that this will translate into a plan of action for every mandal in the state of AP . This will ensure the belief in the peoples hearts at district level that the government is theirs.

    Secondly, I would like to thank you that you recognize the challenge in language and culture domains. I hope that you mean you will address the identity vacuum in Seemandhra region. This especially the need of the hour due to certain so-called intellectuals (primarily the Telangana ones) that telugu and andhra language and culture are different. I personally believe there is a significant need to rebut the Telangana movement which will allow us to understand what really Seemandhras can be held or not held responsible – this will ensure that Seemandhras can know for sure the truth and be confident of themselves.

    I have also written specific articles for the purpose of development of telugu, shown below. (These were written in response to other articles published in Andhrajyothy and therefore contain some strong language 🙂 )

    Hope my ideas can be helpful 🙂

  9. October 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    పెద్ద పెద్ద మహా నగరాలైన హైదరాబాదులో చేయలేక పోవడం ఒక వంతు; ప్రథమంగా తెలుగు మాట్లాడే తిరుపతిలోనే తెలుగులో సంతకం పెట్టలేము అన్నది చాలా బాధాకరమైన విషయం.

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