Congress opposes Appropriation Bill
- Says Budget targets unrealistic
- Uttam flays govt. for slashing budget for key sectors
HYDERABAD: Stating that their party was opposing the Appropriation Bill outright, the main Opposition Congress has described the budget targets as unrealistic, over ambitious and not possible to fulfill the assurances made by the ruling party.
On Thursday, Finance Minister Etela Rajender moved the Appropriation Bill in the Telangana Legislative Assembly. Initiating the Bill, the Congress senior MLA and PCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy found fault with the Government for not placing revised estimates in the House though the Government assured it. “Failure to place the figures of revised estimates the sanctity of the House is under doubt”, he said, adding it is difficult to talk on Appropriation Bill without figures of revised estimates.
Intervening, BJP Floor leader Dr K Laxman found fault with the Government for not stating figures of actual budget. Reacting to Laxman’s allegation, Finance Minister said they will announce actual budget figures later.
Resuming his speech, Uttam Kumar Reddy asked the Government as to how the Opposition party will comment on the Appropriation Bill without the actual budget figures. Once again Etela said the Government will place the figures after the audit. “Probably the actual budget will be about Rs 60,000 crores for 10 months”, he said.
Congress Floor leader K Jana Reddy said that if the Government stated the budget is Rs.60,000 crore, it is nothing but ridiculing the people.
Reacting to Jana Reddy, Etela said that the Rs.30,000 crores for Plan and Rs.35,000 crores for non-Plan for 10 months time and about Rs.80,000 crores for 12 months times.
Uttam has asked the Government as to how it will distribute three acre land to each Dalith family with this budget. He demanded the Government to make a clear statement on three acre land to Daliths. Reminding the Chief Minister’s statement that Telangana State is rich, Uttam said it was possible with the previous Congress Government. He said former UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi never compromised on Hyderabad issue though the Seemandhra leaders pressurized her. “The Telangana State remained as a rich State just because of the development around Hyderabad City”, he said. He also said the proposed power plant at Damaracharla in Nalgonda district also because of Sonia Gandhi.
Finding fault with the TRS Government for reducing budget to the Agriculture sector, Rural Development, Education Sector and Housing, Uttam Kumar said his party is opposing the reduction in budget to the key sectors. Taking a serious exception at the Centre for reducing the rice procurement from 75 percent to 25 per cent, Uttam Kumar said there is a need to the House to pass a unanimous resolution to oppose the Centre’s decision. He asked the Government to initiate action on suicides of farmers and it was not proper to take it lightly.
He suggested to the State Government to oppose Land Acquisition Bill, which allows the Centre to take land forcefully from farmers and allot the same to the Corporate Houses. Demanding that the Government implement the proposed reservations for the STs and Muslims before issuing job notifications, Uttam Kumar asked the government to pay the bills to the beneficiaries of the Housing scheme during previous Government. “If there are any loopholes, initiate action and release the Bills to the beneficiaries immediately”, he said. Stating that it was not proper to the persons, who were enjoying power, to indulge in constitutional violations, Uttam said the government has to be transparent in regard to tenders of Water Grid. (NSS)