Harish seeks Rs 5,000cr Central aid for Mission Kakatiya

New Delhi: Telangana Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao has urged Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharathi to release Rs 5,000 crores for Mission Kakatiya and provide financial assistance and loans to various projects being implemented in the state.

A member of Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchay Yojana scheme, Harish Rao called on Uma Bharathi on Tuesday  and discussed the issues pertaining to all irrigation projects. The meeting assumes significance as Uma Bharathi sought suggestions and inputs from irrigation ministers on the projects to be taken up under PMKSY scheme across the country.

Later, Harish Rao told the media that he apprised the Union minister of the projects being completed and the financial aid needed from the Centre for 11 projects. Harish Rao urged Uma Bharathi to release Rs 5,000 crores for Mission Kakatiya, the flagship programme of the Telangana government, increase loan amount for Devadula project to 60 per cent and Rs 600 crore grant for projects in the state.

The minister also sought increased loan component from outside to take up prestigious schemes. The Centre had recently agreed to raise the loan limit to 3.5 per cent from 3.0 per cent through Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM). Uma Bharathi assured Harish Rao that she would take up the issues of increasing the loan component under FRBM and early release of funds to various projects with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

On Brijesh Kumar Tribunal verdict, the state government would take a decision at the Cabinet meeting to be held on October 29, Harish Rao added.

-NSS

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