BJP calls TS budget ‘weak’

  • Kishan Reddy says number of suicides shown less
  • JAC listed 1200 youth who committed suicide
  • Centre abolished number of schemes:KTR

HYDERABAD: Describing the budget as a weak budget, the BJP alleged that the TRS Government was trying to throw its weaknesses on others.

Participating in the discussion on Appropriation Bill in Telangana Legislative Assembly here on Thursday, BJP MLA G Kishan Reddy warned the State Government for stating every time that the Telangana is a rich State, saying it is dangerous for the State. “The aspirations of the people will increase and the people will get disappointed”, he said.

Kishan Reddy alleged that there is no mention on drought in the Budget and no response on the suicides of farmers. He questioned as to why the TRS rulers, who stated earlier that the suicides during Telangana movement were 1200, are reducing the figure now and suggested to the Government to rethink on it. “Earlier the JAC had given s list of 1200 names of the students, who committed suicide, to Governor ESL Narasimhan”, he recalled.

Finding fault with the Government’s priorities, Kishan Reddy said the Government was not concentrating on small issues like collecting scrap from the houses by the GHMC. He said there was no need to construct skyscrapers, new Secretariat and Film City and there is a need to take up the clean and green program immediately. “Earlier, the State had achieved Clean and Green City award, now the new State may achieve Dust and Debris award”, he quipped. He also said the GHMC officials were terrorizing the people by collecting property tax even from the poor people. “Hyderabad doesn’t mean Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills”, he said.

Alleging that the TRS government was showing discriminative attitude towards non-TRS public representatives, Kishan Reddy said the State Government was discriminating Sarpanchs, ZPTCs and MPTCs in releasing funds to them.

Reacting to the allegation, Panchayat Raj Minister KT Ramarao said it was not proper on the part of Kishan Reddy to make such allegations. He made it clear that the State Government was in no way connected with those funds. He said the Gram Panchayats get 70 per cent and ZPTCs 20 percent and MPTCs 10 percent funds from the government. The State Government allotted a total Rs.779 crores released by the Centre to the local bodies. The Minister alleged that the Centre reduced funds in many schemes and abolished many schemes which are useful to the States.

Continuing his speech, Kishan Reddy said non-TRS members in several villages in Thadvai mandal in Nizamabad district are not receiving funds. KTR made it clear that he was ready to visit the villages mentioned by the BJP member if the latter wanted to know the facts.

Intervening in the debate, BJP Floor leader Dr K Laxman said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao thanked Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on giving permission to the land proposed to thermal power project in Nalgonda district. Reacting to it, KTR said the Chief Minister praised the good thing done by the Centre.

Deputy Chief Minister Kadium Srihari said the State has to incur Rs.1500 crore loss due to the Centre’s decision. Continuing his speech, Kishan Reddy alleged there was no mention of KG to PG scheme and the real beneficiaries are not getting pensions.

Minister Thalasani Srinivas Yadav said that it is not proper for Kishan Reddy to criticize every step of the State Government. “The BJP members praising their Government in Centre but not praising the State Government’s efforts”, he said.

Another Minister KT Rama Rao said that the pensions number increased in Hyderabad City from 87,000 to 1,40,000 and it is not proper on the part of BJP to criticize the Government.

Resuming his speech, Kishan Reddy said that the Government has to take constructive decision on BC Sub-Plan and the Government is not issuing notifications on jobs. It is not proper to the Government to shift the Chest Hospital, which was being started in 1939 by the then Nizam Government, to another place. “The Government not to shift the Hospital and it has to develop the Hospital in a big way”, he said.

Asking the Government to celebrate independence on September 17, Kishan Reddy found fault with the Chief Minister for praising Nizam amounting dishonor to the Komaram Bheem, Chakali Ilamma and others who fought against Nizam’s atrocities. (NSS)

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