KCR defends budget allocations

  • Says he would fulfill all promises
  • Opposition flays the govt. on various counts

HYDERABAD: Even as the Opposition tried to put the government in a fix for not allocating adequate funds to various sectors in the budget, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday defended the budgetary allocations. He said the allocations are apt and were meant to do justice to all sectors with adequate priority.

After clarifications from the Chief Minister at 4 pm, Deputy Speaker Padma Devender Reddy adjourned the House to March 18 at 9.30 am. The Chief Minister earlier stated that the Government has come up with a suitable Budget for 2015-16 that is pegged at Rs 1,15,689 crore of which the government will get about Rs 96,000 crore through State’s own revenues.

Stating that no sector will be ignored, KCR clarified that the budget was prepared with complete comprehension and understanding of the revenue resources, expenditures, allocations and loans to be taken and Central allocations. KCR said, “We are aware of the budget ramifications and do justice to all sections”. The Chief Minister asked the member to have confidence in the government which is focusing on welfare and development.

Earlier, Finance Minister Etela Rajender replied to the demands raised by the members of Congress, BJP and MIM. The Chief Minister clarified that the government is committed to fulfill its promises of giving need-based priority to all sectors. Earlier, the House witnessed pandemonium as the members of the Congress rapped the treasury benches for going back on the promise of reimbursing the fees. There was also chaotic situation when the members demanded an explanation on unabated suicides by farmers in the State.

The Opposition member exerted pressure on the Government on the key issues and shouted slogans and sought to dispel qualms on SC, ST Sub-Plan allocations and welfare of the poor and farmers. The Opposition members also tried their best to corner the government saying that the allocations made in the budget are not convincing as agriculture sector needs more funds. They also took exception to the government for not focusing on allocations to agriculture sector, education, health, irrigation and industries. (NSS)

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