§ 5. Mr. Jagger
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the recent famines and floods in British India and the damage and loss of life caused thereby in the different provinces, he can say whether any scheme is under consideration by the Government of India to give the provinces substantial grants from the central revenue or to relieve affected areas of any portion of their contribution to the central Government?
I am not aware that there have recently been famines or floods on such a scale that the resources provided for the provinces under the Act are inadequate to deal with them. The hon. Member will have seen from the Government of India's Budget Statement that the provinces are expected to benefit by assignments of Income Tax amounting in the aggregate to Rs.138 lakhs (£1,035,000) in 1937–38, and Rs.128 lakhs (£960,000) in 1938–39.