'Budget, jugglery of figures'

Hyderabad, Describing as jugglery of figures, the annual budget for 2015-16,presented by Telangana Finance Minister in the Assembly, YSR Congress has said the 1.16 lakh crore budget has ignored the core areas and has not specified as to why the budgetary allocations of the previous ten months were not utilized in full. 

“The arithmetic has made up to cross over the Rs 1 lakh crore mark but has failed to spell out as to why it did not spend the budgetary allocation for the previous ten months ending March 31, 2015. This apart the State has failed to allocate funds to various sectors to the desired effect,” Party MLA P Venkateswarlu and spokesperson Konda Raghava Reddy told reporters here on  Wednesday. 

The State has failed to reckon with allocation of sufficient funds to various sectors including development and welfare. While 3 acres of land to dalits was announced, land to tribals was 

totally ignored in this budget as well. There was no mention of pending projects and new projects, there is no clarity on minor and medium irrigation and the Mission Kakatiya, aimed at reviving tanks and brooks, did not take shape though it was given priority in the previous budget. The state has to give details of the mechanism it would be evolving for the ambitious project to take-off. The housing for weaker sections has been repeatedly told in the electioneering and in the manifesto as well but there seems to be no progress in this front, they said. 

There is a yawning gap between the estimates and actual as the State has failed to get Central funds in the previous ten months period and could not pool up the estimated Rs 15,000 crores by selling land but could only collect Rs 1,000 crore. The pending bills are not cleared and weaker sections are waiting for payments. Farmer suicides are growing and no exgratia is given. Unseasonal and deficit rains have given rise to drought conditions and farmers are neglected in the budget. 

Though YS Rajasekhar Reddy has given pattas to 32,000 tribals who have taken to podu cultivation, there is no further progress from this government, they said adding that there is no mention of fees reimbursement in the budget. 

The Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia to martyrs also was not taken up in full earnest as only 481 families were extended the benefit though the number of deaths was 1,200. The Steel Plant at Bayyaram finds no mention in the budget and sufficient funds were not allocated to medicare, they said.
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