AP Appropriation Bill approved

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly passed the Appropriation Bill at the end of the budget session on Friday. After passing the bill, Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao adjourned the House sine die. During the budget session, in all 11 bills were introduced, debated and passed by the members.

Leader of the Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy argued during a debate on the Appropriation Bill that meager allocation to the pension scheme will not be sufficient for the beneficiaries who were identified by the government so far. He accused the government of trying to slash the number of beneficiaries under the pension scheme. He also charged the State government with ignoring welfare of poor. He said the government did not sanction even a single new house for the poor so far in the last eight months. He also mentioned that government did not concentrate on the development issues while preparing the budget.

Jagan observed that in reality the State was completely different than TDP’s poll promises with respect to farmers as well as DWCRA Self Help Groups loan viewer scheme. He said farmers and SHGs were forced to become defaulters with the TDP government’s lopsided policies. He blamed the government for failing to procure paddy from the farmers as per norms.

YSRCP MLA Sujaya Krishna Ranga Rao said even though TDP is one of the coalition partners in the Union government, the State could not benefit anything. He cited some examples such as failure in getting special status to the State, allocations to Polavaram project and so on. He said the Janmabhoomi Committees were defaming the basic nature of people’s representatives in local bodies such as panchayats.

Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu detailed about each and every topic raised by the Opposition leaders. He said the TDP government was firmly implementing all its poll promises without ignoring anything.  He said that so far, the Naidu government initiated around 90 per cent of TDP manifesto implementation. It will implement the manifesto in a phased manner. Yanamala explained that the TDP government under Chandrababu Naidu increased the amount under pension scheme from mere Rs 200 to Rs 1,000. But late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy government shared Central fund of Rs 400 to two persons in the State at Rs 200 per head. It was nothing but fooling the people. He said that during ten years of the Congress rule in the State, there were serious misappropriations in the housing scheme. He said Congress leaders and cadre, who were not eligible for benefits under the scheme as per rules took away the benefits under housing scheme. He said there is a cabinet sub committee working on the illegalities and fraud in the housing scheme. The government will sanction money to the genuine eligible persons only.

Yanamala said since the last five months, the State government got about Rs 320 crore through sand auctions, but the previous government had got Rs 100 crore only. He charged Congress leaders with looting the remaining amount with the support from people at the helm of responsibility. He also said red sanders’ smuggling was also a big problem in the State. The State government was expecting more revenue from fair auctioning of the red sanders, he mentioned. He said that for the benefit of farmers in the State, the government has allocated around Rs 60 crore under markfed. So far, the government released around Rs 4,000 under farmer loan waiver scheme and the amount will be released in a phased manner. He also promised that the government would take care of SHGs debt issue and initiate action to empower them economically and socially. The government was also trying to create better environment for industrial sector.  (NSS)

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