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- #578105Special category status is granted by the National Development Council composed of the Prime Minister, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and members of the Planning Commission (now NITI Aayog) taking into consideration some of the following factors -
1. Hilly and difficult terrain
2. Low population density
3. Sizeable tribal population
4. Strategic location along borders with neighboring countries
5. Economic and infrastructure backwardness
6. Non-viable nature of state finances etc.
Presently, the states of Assam, Nagaland and Jammu & Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Uttarakhand, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, and Sikkim have been granted special category status. The special category states are at a beneficial position at the time of allocation of resources/funds to these states.
On the other hand 'special status' is granted by passing an Act by the two-third majority in both houses of the Parliament for amendment of the constitution in this regard e.g. the state of Jammu and Kashmir has special status.
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- #578107Assam, Nagaland ,Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Uttarakhand, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh have been granted special category status. The special category states enjoy beneficial position in respect of allocation of resources. The special status is granted by National Development Council (NDC) on the basis of the criteria already specified by Mr. Kailash Kumar in his previous response.
No political leader can give Special Status to any State. At best, he/she can take up the matter with NDC.
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- #578134If BJP fails to give special status to AP in another 2 years, then this would be the poll plank for next general election and Modi must face the tune.
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