The central government has released Rs 7183.42 crore as the revenue deficit grant to 14 states, including, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal, the Union Finance Ministry said on Friday.
This is the second monthly instalment of the Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant released to the 14 states as per the recommendations of the Fifteenth Finance Commission.
The Fifteenth Finance Commission had recommended a total Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant of Rs 86,201 crore to 14 states for the financial year 2022-23. The recommended grant will be released by the Department of Expenditure to the recommended States in 12 equated monthly instalments.
The Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grants (PDRDG) are provided to the states under Article 275 of the Constitution. The grants are released to the states as per the recommendations of the successive Finance Commissions to meet the gap in Revenue Accounts of the states post-devolution.
The eligibility of States to receive this grant and the quantum of grant for the period from 2020-21 to 2025-26 was decided by the Fifteenth Commission based on the gap between the assessment of revenue and expenditure of the State after taking into account the assessed devolution during this period.
With this release, the total amount of Revenue Deficit Grants released to the States in 2022-23 has gone up to Rs. 14,366.84 crore, the ministry stated.
The states which have been recommended Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant by the Fifteenth Finance Commission during 2022-23 are: Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. West Bengal has received Rs 1132.35 crore, the highest post-devolution revenue deficit grant for the second instalment, followed by Kerala at Rs 1097.83 crore.
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